Two Florida Highway Patrol Troopers helped with the delivery of a baby on the side of a road in Altamonte Springs early on March 30, according to the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Troopers Michael Allen and Pete Christie spotted an SUV speeding on State Road 414 in Altamonte Springs, about 10 miles north of downtown Orlando, FOX 35 Orlando reported. The male driver then started to frantically wave his hands, the report said, and when troopers approached they were told a woman in the front seat was in labor. As her labor quickly progressed, the troopers placed the soon-to-be mother on a blanket in a grassy area on the side of the road and waited for paramedics to arrive. Minutes later, the woman gave birth to a healthy baby girl, according to the station.
Allen, an eight-year FHP veteran, said he cleared the newborn’s airways and she started to cry out. “We had between 6 to 8 minutes for everything to take place from the time the emergency lights were initiated to baby arrival,” Allen said, according to FOX 35. “It was very obvious that those contractions were sooner than five minutes apart and so we had to jump into action pretty quick.”
After the paramedics arrived, they took the mother and baby to a hospital. Allen noted the father did a great job getting the mom ready to deliver during the “emotional” traffic stop. “Most memorable, most emotional, most interesting, most stressful. Thankfully, with everything working out well – the most rewarding,” he added. Despite all of the controversy surrounding the American police forces, many have seen this story as a reminder that even men and women in uniform are still individuals underneath.
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