As a fearless firefighter at Patrick A.F.B., not much makes Chad Malley nervous.
"I'm getting the shakes," he said after returning to a Palm Bay 7-Eleven parking lot where he helped his wife deliver their son. "I've been by a couple times, you just get that butterfly in the stomach a little bit, thinking, 'Whoa! That's where it went down."'
Two weeks ago, when Chad's wife Tye started having strong contractions, they jumped into their Ford Expedition, and headed to the hospital.
"Lo and behold, it was about two blocks from the house, and my water broke," said Tye. "I started to get panicky at that moment. I just knew that we weren't going to make it."
Chad didn't want to believe what was happening. So the 34-year-old paramedic stepped on the gas and his wife says he started running red lights.
"I kept yelling at him, 'Baby's coming. Pull over!' You know, he's yelling at me, 'Don't push! Whatever you do, don't push!'"
But time was up, and Chad had to pull the car over at the first place he saw, and his wife immediately got into position in the front seat, to deliver a baby.
"I wasn't sure what to do. You know, I was in a car, and I didn't know how everything was going to happen," Tye said.
But that's when the firefighter allowed his training to take over. A 911 dispatcher on the phone helped walk him through the process.
"The phone was up on my shoulder, and I was trying to hold him, catch him, I guess," said Chad. "I just cleared his mouth, and as his shoulders came out, I just turned him a little bit, and pop, he was in my arms."
Chad said the baby began to cry, "which was the best thing I could've heard."
Even though he appeared calm, he said he was scared the entire time.
"He tells me now, afterwards, how scary that was for him to think about all the things that could go wrong," Tye explained.
Especially for Cais, a 9 pound, 10 ounce baby at birth. When he's old enough to understand, his mother won't dwell on how afraid his father was at the 7-Eleven the day he was born.
"I'm going to tell him how anxious he was to come into this world, and how lucky he was to have a father that knew what he was doing and was brave enough to help me through giving birth in a car," Tye said with a laugh.
Chad said he's thrilled everything went well, but he adds he does not want to relive it again. next time, he told us, they will leave a lot earlier to go to the hospital.