Tiffany Correa and her newborn, Manuel Correa, at Cape Regional Medical Center.

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Edwin Correa said his youngest child, Manuel, and his wife, Tiffany, were doing well a day after two Wildwood firefighters helped deliver Manuel in the back of an ambulance parked along the Garden State Parkway.

“It happened too fast,” Edwin Correa said as he recounted the birth that took all involved a little by surprise. “One second they came and picked us up and the next we were pulling over on the side of the road.”

Edwin Correa, 31, said the couple, originally from Philadelphia but now living in Wildwood, has three other children ages 7, 5 and 3, and that the two youngest were had also been quick to arrive.

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Firefighter/EMTs Matt Johnson and Robert Feltwell responded to the couple’s Leaming Avenue apartment Tuesday after a 7:51 a.m. 911 call came in to the Fire Department.

They were all on the way to Cape Regional Medical Center when Manuel decided he was ready to make his world debut.

“She said he was starting to crown and the one EMT said pull over and there he was. It was like no one had time to react,” Edwin Correa said.

Johnson and Feltwell helped with the delivery and then got the family to the hospital just a few miles away. Manuel weighed in at 6 pounds, his father said, and both Tiffany Correa, 25, and their son are doing well,.

He also had a message for Johnson and Feltwell, the two firefighters who called Tuesday’s delivery the best experience of their careers.

“Tell them that we thank them for showing up when they did and that they will never be forgotten. That’s from the three of us,” Edwin Correa said.

His wife was not available to speak when a reporter called: she was busy feeding the baby.

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