Browns Backer and 911 dispatcher, Amanda Tarase, clocked in for her 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift on Monday when she received a call from a frantic James Dean. Tarase and her co-worker, Maria Stolarski, knew right away that there was a problem. Among the commotion, the dispatchers heard Dean’s wife, Jennifer, screaming in pain. “We realized she was in labor” Tarase said.
Both dispatchers are moms themselves and knew instantly what to do.
In an interview with WKYC, the dispatchers explained “I hear ‘I can see the baby’s head’, and I’m like ‘OK, here we go.’ The next thing we knew, we heard the baby crying and were so happy.”
“It was music to our ears” says Tarase, a mom of 4 – including a set of twins and a stepmom of two.
James and Jennifer welcomed their baby boy, James Robert Dean, at 7:47 p.m. James weighed a healthy 6 pounds, 1 ounce and was delivered on the couple’s bathroom floor. The ambulance was en route during the tense 6 minute phone call.
The dispatchers got to meet baby James on Tuesday. Upon their arrival at the hospital, Amanda, being the avid Browns fan that she is, saw the baby in New England Patriots gear and said “we need to fix that!”
Amanda summed up this experience saying, “it’s almost impossible to explain the emotions wrapped into this experience. It’s still very surreal to know that I helped bring little James into this world. This call could have turned out 10 different ways and I am so thankful it ended with mom and baby safe and healthy.”
Browns Backers, Amanda, (right) with co-worker, Maria and baby James.