A California Fire Department is experiencing a baby boom like no other this year, and the pure sweetness is melting hearts across the internet.
Nine members of the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department have welcomed nine babies in the past four months. To celebrate the newest additions to the RCFD, the families arranged a photo shoot at the firehouse.
“Say hello to Rancho Cucamonga Fire’s newest little family members!” officials wrote on the company Facebook page on September 22.
Say hello to Rancho Cucamonga Fire’s newest little family members! Between March and July of this year, nine babies were…
RCFD spokesperson and new mom, Gabrielle Costello says she had “no idea” the photos would go viral.
“We just wanted to commemorate a special time and remember the moment,” she told TODAY.
All nine babies – seven girls, and two boys – were born between March 10 and July 12.
She and her firefighter husband, Logan Costello, are the proud parents of baby No. 8 — a daughter named Charlotte.
“Everybody was really surprised,” Costello says of the unplanned baby boom. “But they were really excited to have them all so close together too, so they could all grow up alongside each other with their dads at the department.”
She says the newest additions have brought everyone closer—not just the firefighters, but also the wives.
“We share tips and sleep schedules and all that kind of new mom stuff,” she explained.
Costello says the wives of RCFD share a special bond, which has only been strengthened by the recent baby boom.
“Our husbands work 24-hour shifts. During fire season they are gone for weeks on end,” she said. “It’s nice to have friends that understand the firefighter lifestyle.”