When you’re driving on a highway, and especially when you’re speeding, you don’t want to get on a state trooper’s radar. Unless you’re Jimmy Baker, that is.
He and his family live in suburban Raleigh, and his wife, Laura, was set to give birth to the couple’s second daughter any day. In the early morning hours of November 26, Laura felt some contractions. She asked him to take her to the hospital to have them checked out, but just minutes into the drive, she went into full-blown labor.
That’s when the thoroughly panicked father-to-be spotted a state trooper parked at the side of the highway and started speeding and flashing his lights.
That did the trick, and Sgt. Brian Maynard got out of his patrol car fully prepared to issue a ticket. As soon as Jimmy pulled over, Laura’s water broke, so he “jumped out with his arms up, saying, ‘My wife’s in labor and I really need help.'”
This was uncharted territory for Sgt. Maynard, who immediately started flashing back to everything he’d seen about emergency deliveries on television. He walked back to the van with Jimmy, telling him, “OK. Well, we’re going to do this right here, me and you.”
The trooper did have the foresight to contact EMS for assistance, but by the time they arrived, the labor was too far along. Halyn, a healthy baby girl, was delivered in the front seat of the van!
“To be a part of the process that actually brings a life into this world is absolutely amazing,” Sgt. Maynard said, adding he was thankful to be at the right place at the right time.
Once things settle down on the home front, Laura fully intends to track down the EMTs who were also part of the process to thank them, saying without their help, “I don’t know how successful it would have been. It was maybe a five-minute experience, but a vital five-minute experience. (The EMS team) did everything to make sure it was sanitary and healthy.”
Watch the dashcam footage below to hear more about this incredible story, and share to spread congratulations to these new parents!
North Carolina state trooper delivers baby on side of highway after pulling parents over for speeding: "I just feel lucky and blessed to have been at the right place at the right time." https://t.co/nXd8Rp0vY1 pic.twitter.com/m4DFOro1mQ
— ABC News (@ABC) November 26, 2018
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