Long Island dispatcher meets baby he helped deliver by phone

YAPHANK, New York (WABC) -- One family welcomed a new baby who came so fast a few weeks ago, there was no time to get mom to the hospital.

On Thursday, the Suffolk County family was reunited with an emergency service dispatcher who helped deliver baby.

Suffolk FRES Dispatcher John Spiciati helped deliver baby Julianna Compagno over the phone on October 24.

Joe Compagno had made a distress call requesting an ambulance for his pregnant wife, Skye, but Spiciati realized the baby was coming before help could arrive.

"I knew right away it was coming...from everything her was telling me. It was happening. So it was very fast," Spiciati said.

He safely guided the family through the child birth process.

Joe Compagno admits the last thing he expected to have to do was deliver his own daughter, but with John's calm, cool and deliberate instructions, he pulled it off.

"I felt comfortable just trusting the voice over the phone," Compagno said.

"I wasn't worried. I knew he would be fine," his wife added.

Minutes after the call was placed, little Julianna was born, healthy and happy.

As the Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone recognized the dispatcher for a job well done, the Compagnos thanked him for a delivery they'll never forget, calling him their daughter's guardian angel.

"Been here 15 years, this is my first," Spiciati said. "it's beautiful. It's great. It's amazing."
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