Three Firemen, Three Babies

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center delivers for first responders.

With 10,000 babies born each day in the United States, what are the chances that three Fairfax County firefighters, colleagues at Station No. 465, would all welcome baby boys in the same hospital within 24 hours?  

It happened at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center when the wives of firefighters Michael Irvine and Kyle Frederick, and fiancée of Kyle Dean went into labor within hours of each other.  

“We are excited to welcome these little ones into the world,” the hospital announced on social media in February, sending a message of appreciation to the firefighters: “When you show up for your community, your community shows up for you.”

The men had become close friends while working together at the Fort Belvoir Army Base fire station over three years, and they’d joked about seeing each other at the hospital. But with their babies’ due dates ranging over a month apart, they never imagined the coincidence would actually happen. When two of the babies arrived early and one came late, all three fathers were thrilled.

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center has a five-star rating from Healthgrades for both C-sections and vaginal deliveries. “We are proud to have been recognized as delivering five-star level care for our maternal patients,” said David McKnight, the hospital’s CEO. “This recognition validates the commitment we have made to provide a superior level of maternal and neonatal care for our community.” HCAVirginia.com


This article originally appeared in the October 2022 issue.

Konstantin Rega
A graduate of East Anglia’s renowned Creative Writing MA, Konstantin’s been published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Poetry Salzburg Review, www.jonimitchell.com, the Republic of Consciousness Prize (etc.). He contributes to Publisher Weekly and Treblezine.
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