Fort Drum soldier delivers own baby in car at post's main gate

Sergeant Preston Kennedy is pictured here at home with his wife, Brittany, and daughter, Bella.


By GORDON BLOCK | Watertown Daily Times, N.Y. (Tribune News Service) | Published: January 14, 2018

FORT DRUM — A Fort Drum soldier is being credited with helping his wife deliver their daughter in a car near the post’s main gate off of Route 11.

Sgt. Preston Kennedy was driving toward the gate at about 9:15 p.m. on Monday, division public affairs officials said, when he realized his wife Brittany was going into labor.

The sergeant helped with the delivery, which took place with other children in the vehicle.

Mrs. Kennedy and their new daughter, Bella, were declared healthy after being taken to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown for evaluation.

Bella was 6 pounds, 13 ounces, measuring at 18 inches in length.

Sgt. Kennedy serves as a field artillery tactical data system specialist in the 10th Mountain Division’s 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

It’s the second time in a month in which a Fort Drum soldier has helped deliver a child. On Dec. 21, Maj. Eric Glassman helped his wife Catherine deliver their son Dirk on the bathroom floor of their home in Chaumont.

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