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Snow Baby Three Days Past Christmas In A Snowy Parking Lot Of Fire Station No. 44, A Girl Was Born

Thu., Jan. 15, 1998

It’s pointless to try to stop Mother Nature, but that didn’t stop Jacob Lehman.

Lehman failed in his attempt to stop the hands of time early on the morning of Dec. 28 as he drove on an icy highway to Sacred Heart Medical Center with his pregnant wife, Heather, ready to deliver.

“I told her, ‘Wait, you can’t have it now,”’ he said.

But Heather didn’t listen. She gave birth to Aimie Schne Lehman on the ground in the snow in the parking lot of Fire Station No. 44.

Aimie’s middle name, Schne (pronounced Shnee), is the German word for snow. She was born at 1:20 a.m. in about 2 inches of snow.

The Lehmans live along the 2000 block of East Eloika Lake Road. They were traveling south on Highway 2 when Heather realized they weren’t going to make it to the hospital.

“We dropped off our kids (Zevahn and Katherine) in Chattaroy,” she said. “When we started driving again, that’s when I realized I was going to have the baby.

“I just told him to pull over, but there wasn’t anyplace to do it,” she said.

The Lehmans finally pulled into the parking lot of the fire station.

With the snow falling and Jacob inside the fire station looking for help, Heather, who was cramped in the car, stepped outside the vehicle to lay on the ground, she said.

Jacob talked with a firefighter who immediately went to find some other firefighters for help. He returned to the parking lot and saw his wife lying on the ground.

“I was horrified,” he said. “I thought she had fallen down. That’s when I really began to panic.”

Heather admitted that it was “a little bit scary” getting out into a dark parking lot by herself.

“He tried to pull me up,” she said. “I told him, ‘Leave me here, I want to stay on the ground.’ It was definitely cold out.”

Jacob grabbed some blankets and put them under Heather. In a matter of minutes, she gave birth to Aimie, who weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces.

The firemen eventually took the family inside. Heather and the newborn were later taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Jacob Lehman is a 27-year-old civil engineer with the state highway department. Heather, also 27, takes care of the children.

The couple definitely had a story to tell Zevahn and Katherine when they returned home.

“(Aimie) wouldn’t even wait for the firemen to get there,” Jacob said.

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