BERWYN, Pa. (FOX 29) - Two twins visited the EMS workers who helped deliver them 15 years ago.
"We feel extremely grateful and blessed," said Michelle Copeland. Pictures from a visit that none of the people in it will ever forget. The memory goes back 15 years.
"I was having the worst back labor of my life," said Copeland. She and her beautiful now 15-year old twins Lily and Laurel Gray stopped by the Berwyn Fire Company last weekend to again say thank you to the EMS crew, fire department and police who delivered them.
"It's just nice knowing that they helped us survive and that we're able to be here today because of them," said Lily. Copeland remembers the day she went into early labor at home. A call to 911 got these guys there but the twins were already coming prematurely and breeched.
"Regular delivery is head first. These both came feet first. They were ready to dance into the world I guess," laughed Copeland.
Firefighter and paramedic Kevin Dillard recalls the most shocking part of it all.
"I didn't know she was having twins so it was quite a surprise when I turned around and saw another leg sticking out," said Dillard. He says he had delivered six babies before but this one was different.
"I've never done any breeched deliveries and I've never done twins," he said. Dillard was able to deliver Lily but Laurel came later at the hospital. They’ve all kept in touch over the years.
"It's good to see them growing equally and nice and healthy because you kind of worry about that. It's an all-around good feeling to see success," said Dillard.
The family tries to visit the firehouse often because they’re eternally grateful.
"I believe Kevin is my guardian angel," said Copeland.
The fire department posted pictures of the last visit on its Facebook page.
The girls brought them cupcakes and muffins. Copeland says she can’t say thank you enough.
"To let them know we think about them and every time we hear the sirens in the area. We're hoping they're ok and doing well," she said.
The family also thanks Tredyffrin Police and Narberth Ambulance who helped with the delivery. Also, Copeland’s first two children were home when she went into labor but they were kids then and couldn’t help. The twins’ father was at work.