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Taxi driver stops at Quincy firehouse to help pregnant passenger

Quincy firefighters rushed into action early today when a cab driver pounded on the firehouse door and asked for help for his passenger - a pregnant woman in the throes of labor, officials said.

Quincy Fire Department Lieutenant Shawn Darcy and several other firefighters helped deliver a baby girl, but when she arrived, she wasn’t breathing, Quincy Fire Deputy Chief Joe Jackson said in a telephone interview today.

Using his EMT training, Darcy was able to get the newborn to start breathing, Jackson said.

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The mother, husband, and baby were immediately taken to an area hospital where they are now doing fine, officials said.

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“The cabbie did the right thing,” Jackson said. “It’s unusual, but it’s happened before, and it’s something we are trained for as EMTs.”

Babies who aren’t breathing are usually patted on their backside or the bottoms of their feet to stimulate them and get them to take their first breath, Jackson said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.