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Allina dispatcher walks couple, officer through roadside birth

[WCCO-TV, December 25, 2017] As most people unwrapped presents Christmas morning, Hannah Lindeman and her husband Taylor were headed to United Hospital in St. Paul with a daughter on the way.

The birth was four weeks ahead of schedule, a holiday surprise that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "roadside delivery."

Unable to wait for the drive to end, 6 pound 8 ounce Poppy Lindeman arrived on the side of Highway 8 in Chisago County, thanks to the quick thinking of Jake Prager at Allina Health Emergency Medical Services. It's his first year on the job as an emergency dispatcher, though the Lindemans and their Christmas surprise represent the fourth baby he's delivered in that relatively short period of time.

KMSP Fox 9 News, KSTP-TV News and the Star Tribune also covered the story.

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