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Defenders deliver hope for Andrew

Defenders deliver hope for Andrew

Skyler Quintanilla holds her son in her home at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 7, 2018. Her son, Andrew, was born 13 weeks premature. She gave birth to him in their home and cared for him until emergency responders arrived. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

Defenders deliver hope for Andrew

Skyler Quintanilla holds her son, Andrew, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 7, 2018. Andrew was born 13 weeks premature. She gave birth to him in their home and cared for him until emergency responders arrived. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

Defenders deliver hope for Andrew

A heart rate monitor is on Andrew Quintanilla’s foot at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 7, 2018. Andrew was born premature; his parents keep the monitor on his foot to keep track of his berathing and heart rate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

Defenders deliver hope for Andrew

Airman 1st Class Jonathan Casales, 2nd Security Forces Squadron installation controller, holds Andrew Quintanilla at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 7, 2018. Casales was on duty when Andrew was born 13 weeks premature. Casales helped to calm down Andrew’s mother until emergency medical technicians arrived on scene. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

Defenders deliver hope for Andrew

Senior Airman Eric Storm, 2nd Security Forces Squadron installation patrolman, holds Andrew Quintanilla at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 7, 2018. Storm was on duty when Andrew was born 13 weeks premature. Storm drove the ambulance to the hospital while the emergency responders cared for the mother and her son. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

Defenders deliver hope for Andrew

Airman 1st Class Jonathan Casales, 2nd Security Forces Squadron installation controller, holds a photo of Andrew Quintanilla at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 7, 2018. Casales was on duty when Andrew was born 13 weeks premature. Casales helped to calm down Andrew’s mother until emergency medical technicians arrived on scene. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- One evening, shortly after midnight, members of the 2nd Security Forces Squadron were performing routine checks at the munitions yard when a call came over the radio.

A pregnant woman on the east side of base housing was severely bleeding.

Senior Airman Eric Storm, 2nd SFS installation patrolman, along with Airman 1st Class Jonathan Casales, 2nd SFS installation entry controller, heard the dispatch and sped to the mother’s location.

Skyler Quintanilla had gone into labor 13 weeks premature and gave birth to her son a few steps from her front door.

Storm and Casales were the first emergency responders to arrive on the scene.

“All I could see was blood and this tiny, silent baby,” Casales said. “The scene was chaotic. I tried to calm down the mother and get information from the father who had a phone to each ear, contacting family to watch their other children and emergency dispatchers to get an ambulance on scene.”

Storm, an experienced security forces Airman, was paralyzed at the sight of a potential death. When the baby finally cried out, he left his daze and immediately tended to the family.

 “It was very difficult to process everything,” Storm said. “Within a few minutes the ambulance was there, and the two emergency medical technicians were checking on the baby. They were doing everything they could to take care of both the mother and the newborn. That’s when the driver told us someone else would have to drive the ambulance so both EMTs could provide emergency care to Quintanilla and her baby.”

Storm stepped up and volunteered to drive.

“My dad was an emergency responder, and when I was little he would occasionally take me for ride-alongs,” Storm said. “I remembered a few things from those days and applied them to my sudden situation.”

With his simple skillset of knowing when to use certain types of sirens, Storm was able to successfully get the mother and baby to a hospital almost 30 minutes from base. When they arrived, the mother was taken to post delivery and the baby to the neonatal wing. The paramedics told both Storm and Casales that when they arrived on scene, the baby had a 30 percent chance to live. However, when they reached the hospital, the percentage rose to 77.

Storm left the hospital that night not knowing if his actions had helped save the newborn.

Months later, while Storm was working at the main gate entrance, Quintanilla handed her ID to him.

“I quickly asked her how she was doing and if the baby was ok,” Storm said. “She smiled and thanked me. She said his name was Andrew, and they were bringing him home that day.”