LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -A Lawton dispatcher is being called a hero after bringing new life into the world.
"Okay, tell me exactly what happened."
"It's coming, like the baby is coming right now, like right now...and I don't know what to do."
Sergeant Craig Sharpe called 911 after his wife said baby Cameron was not waiting for his parents to get to the hospital. Danielle Olsen, the dispatcher who answered the call, walked Sharpe through the delivery until paramedics got there.
The couple never thought anything like this would ever happen to them. Sharpe's wife, Keiyondia, had a plan for her son's birth and it was not a home birth involving a dispatcher. But because of her help, mother and baby came out of the delivery healthy.
Craig Sharpe says he didn't know what else to do when his wife said they had no time to get to the hospital before the birth of their son, so he called 911.
"She walked us through the entire thing while I was screaming at him. And then I felt bad. I was like, 'oh my God, the dispatcher probably thinks I'm crazy!' He's like, 'you were having a baby, I'm pretty sure she understands,'" Keiyondia Sharpe said.
Olsen did understand, and says this is a call she has always wanted to take, and was prepared to take.
"You never know. You seriously never know what you are going to answer. That was definitely shocking and anybody could have answered it, I just got lucky," Olsen said.
Olsen walked Sharpe through the delivery until paramedics got there.
"You're doing a really good job."
"I'm freaking out a little bit."
"I know, but you're doing a good job."
Sharpe's wife says when they did get to the hospital, they found out she had lost a lot of blood, but was able to get a blood transfusion and recover.
"So I don't think if she wouldn't have explained to him exactly what we are supposed to do that could've gone a lot worse than when it did," Keiyondia Sharpe said.
Olsen says she will always remember this call.
"Is it a boy or a girl?"
"It's a boy!"
"Just to hear the first cry that was just…that's just so amazing," Olsen said.
"This is going to be the story for the ages. Never thought I'd have this experience. Or this story to tell, but now we do," Craig Sharpe said.
Sharpe credits his training in the military, saying the Army doesn't teach you how to deliver a baby, but it teaches you on how to stay calm under pressure.
Olsen says while it can get difficult guiding someone through child delivery over the phone, all the dispatchers have protocol on their computer that tells them exactly what needs to be done.