Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that doesn’t have nearly the birthday story that Jake Preator’s going to be able to tell – as soon as he’s old enough to learn it.Jacob, as he was formally dubbed, was born Feb. 17, at 3:48 a.m. Other than the hour, not much unusual there. Where Jake’s birthday story gets interesting is where he was born: in his parents’ house.The parents live on a ranch right at the Grand and Summit County lines. Jake was supposed to be born at a hospital – mother Michelle went to the hospital and was induced, but then nothing except the expected contractions happened. Four days later, she tells us, she woke up in the middle of the night and knew, as the kids these days say, it was on. Michelle says they thought about trying to get to the hospital, but they decided against it.Enter the heroes of this story. We’re telling you all about this today because the new mother wanted to thank the Summit and Grand County paramedics who rushed to the ranch in the middle of the night and delivered the bouncing boy. So, hats off to Heeney firefighters Bobby Galloway (who has stayed in touch to see how Jacob is faring), Joe Hostetter and Larry Benes; Grand County EMS staff Don Gordon, Blaine Day and Kurt Rees; Summit paramedics Bill Clark and Brian Shannon (who actually did the delivering); and dispatcher Rachel Born.”We had a houseful that night,” Michelle tells us.She didn’t ask for it, but we’re handing out Angel Alert! wings and halos to this whole gang. ***We have a couple Congrats! to hand out. There’s Katherine Ann Mallouk, of Breckenridge, who made the dean’s commendation list at Gettysburg College.And we must mention that Annabel Truesdell was one of 18 seniors elected to Colgate University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the national scholastic honor society.Good job, ladies.***It’s Saturday, and if you’re reading this, that means you have enough elbow room to open up a newspaper and, hence, probably aren’t among the hordes over at the Gravity Games at Copper. Maybe you’ve already had all the experience with gravity you need: Tell us all about it at firstname.lastname@example.org, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just make the sound of an apple falling on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.We’re out delivering babies in the middle of the night (they come free with the pizza) …
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