The Heitmann family got a big surprise Monday night.
With their baby due May 19, Holly Heitmann didn’t think too much of it when she felt a few contractions in the early evening Monday. But not long after her husband Kyle got home from work, she knew it was time to go. They called Holly’s mom, who lives just down the road from their house on Savage Road in the town of Seneca, to look after their son Logan, 1, and quickly pulled themselves together.
As they headed out the door, Holly’s water broke on the front porch.
“It all happened quickly,” she said.
Holly got in the passenger seat of their Chevy Silverado and with Kyle at the wheel, they headed west on Routes 5 and 20 toward Canandaigua and Thompson Hospital. They didn’t get far. The hospital was still about 12 miles away when Kyle asked, “Do we need to pull over?”
“Yup, you do,” Holly said.
Kyle, formerly a Penn Yan Ambulance volunteer with EMT training, jumped into action. He pulled over near Old Mill Road where there’s a summer cabbage stand, turned on his radio and called the dispatcher. “I need an ambulance,” he said. Within minutes, before the ambulance arrived, Kyle and Holly welcomed baby Wyatt Jacob Heitmann into the world — from the passenger side of the pickup truck.
“There was his head, his shoulders, his arms …,” recalled Holly. “We both caught him.”