A baby girl couldn’t wait for her parents to arrive at the hospital to be born last weekend.
But a police officer on his way home from work heard her parents’ emergency call and stopped just in time to help with her birth, The Daily Mail reports.
New Jersey State Police Sgt. Sean Boag told reporters that he was driving Friday on the Garden State Parkway when a report came on his police radio about a family in distress.
The unnamed Lakewood, New Jersey couple had been on their way to the hospital to give birth when it became apparent that they would not make it in time, according to the report. The father pulled over onto the side of the highway and called 911 for his wife and unborn daughter, the report states.
Boag said he arrived to help the couple just as the baby’s head was beginning to appear. He delivered the baby girl four minutes later.
“I told her to push,” Boag said, recalling the experience. “A couple more pushes, we were able to pull the baby all the way out, and once I cleaned her mouth, I got the mother and wrapped her up in a blanket and placed [the baby] on the mother’s chest and that was it.”
The unnamed mother and baby are doing well at the hospital, according to police.
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The state police commended Boag for his quick response and decisive actions to help the mother and child.
Delivering a baby was a first for Boag, though he has three children of his own, according to WABC News.
“It’s good to bring life in, you know that’s the way I look at it as,” Boag told reporters. “And to see the mother smiling with the baby, I mean, that’s great.”