Paramedics with the St. Charles Ambulance District were wakened in the early morning hours to facilitate a special delivery.
It was just a little after 3 a.m., Jan. 8, when the alarm in the Base 15 station house on Feise Road went blaring and paramedics heard someone pounding on their door.
"My wife's having a baby," blurted anxious father Brad Limbaugh. "Now! Her water just broke!"
The paramedics looked out the door and saw Limbaugh's wife, Jamie, getting out of the car.
The Wright City couple had been on their way to Limbaugh's mother's house just down the street to drop off their daughter, 2-year-old Addison. Then they were going to go to St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield.
They didn't make it.
"I thought, I have time, my water hasn't broken," said Jamie Limbaugh, whose due date was that same day. "Then it broke. Soon as it broke, I knew she was coming."Paramedic Lisa Cassidy said she was going to go get a stretcher, but there wasn't time.
"She said she felt the baby coming," Cassidy said. "She could feel its head."
Paramedic Ed Williams, who has helped deliver 13 other babies, helped the young mother take off her pants and laid her on the floor. Cassidy said they could see the baby's head crowning.
"It happened really fast," Cassidy said. "Two pushes and it (the baby) was out."
Williams and Cassidy, along with two other paramedics on duty that morning, Greg Pendleton and Trish Kohlenhoefer, quickly suctioned, dried and warmed the baby girl. Mom and baby were taken by ambulance to St. Luke's.
Kenzie Limbaugh, who was born at 3:13 a.m., weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces.