Paramedics honored for critical care given to full-term pregnant woman

Paramedic and EMT of the Year awards lifesaving calls

Kristen Johanson
May 21, 2018 - 12:49 pm
Paramedic and EMT of the Year

Kristen Johanson | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — They are one of the first on the scene of any disaster, and run more lifesaving calls than any other entity in Philadelphia. 

Monday morning, city leaders honored Paramedic and EMT of the Year at Fireman's Hall Museum in Old City.

Paramedic David Reynolds and EMT Emily Serrano were working in Medic 12 one January night, when they were called to a critical car accident in the Northeast, involving a woman, Lisa Beatrice, who was nearly nine months pregnant. She suffered life-threatening injuries in the accident.

"I was so critical and things were looking very touch-and-go," Beatrice said.

The pair rushed her to Hahnemann University Hospital. Her husband, Firefighter Lt. Jeff Beatrice, was at the Engine 45 Firehouse at the time, paying tribute to fallen Firefighter Lt. Matt LeTourneau, when he realized he hadn't heard from his wife.  

"I used the Find My Phone app," he recalled, and then rushed to her side. "I got to be right there for the birth of my son."

The couple expressed their gratitude to Reynolds and Serrano at the ceremony, where Mayor Jim Kenney and Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel were also in attendance.

"Thank you," said Lisa Beatrice. "They're so humble though. They just say, 'We were doing what we were doing.'"

"The best stories have a happy ending," added Jeff Beatrice.