- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Several plowmen and a man driving a front-end loader helped a Fairfax County medical emergency team reach a Chantilly woman who went into labor in her apartment yesterday morning.
The plowmen and the front-end loader cleared the way for an ambulance and a firetruck to drive into the East Meadows Apartment complex around 8:30 a.m. so they could take the woman to a hospital.
"There was a medical emergency earlier, and let's just say a child was born," said Fairfax County Police Capt. Craig Summers, declining to give any more details about the incident.
Police also declined to identify the mother. "Any patient information is confidential," Capt. Summers said.
Capt. Summers said the woman was taken to Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax and was admitted in good condition. He said it took rescue crews about 20 minutes to get to the hospital.
Residents of the apartment complex said they didn't know anything was happening until they saw the ambulance being aided by the front-end loader.
"I heard the ambulance after the front-end loader had cleared the snow," said Lynette Marr-Gay, 26, of Chantilly.
Capt. Summers said he initially thought the woman's call for help was for another snow-related injury. "There have been numerous calls for people who have hurt their backs, or their arms, or some part of their body shoveling snow," he said.
Despite warnings by the police department, he said, "people still lose their minds" and shovel what amounts to hundreds of pounds of snow. One shovel full of snow is equal to 16 pounds, said Fairfax County Emergency Services.
"We can't stop [people], and it happens every year it snows," he said.
Capt. Summers said people don't realize that they easily could lift more than 1,000 pounds in 20 minutes.

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