Two Boston police officers helped deliver a baby while out on patrol.
Officers have to deal with a lot of terrible things late at night. Drunken bar fights, home invasions, pickpockets, but there’s nothing that prepares an officer for perhaps the most monumental event that can happen at stupid-o’clock in the morning.
Actually, maybe BPD officers get some training on this. Nobody in the office is totally familiar with police training.
Anyway, according to the Boston Globe, officers Mike Butler and Brandon Carey were out on patrol at 4:30 AM Tuesday when a man lurched out from the shadows. With hands on their pistols, they prepared to engage the perp when he spoke up to say his wife was having a baby.
“When the father first approached us, we were in the middle of conducting an investigation and when he said his wife was in labor, I first thought he meant she was only having contractions and would need an escort to the hospital,” Butler said.
The man and his pregnant wife were already prepared to get to the hospital, but things progressed way too fast and the baby was already crowning in the man’s car.
Officers Butler and Carey got there just in time for Butler to catch the baby boy, but there was a complication: the baby wasn’t making any noise and the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck.
Both officers were, “concerned that the baby wasn’t crying and appeared to not be breathing. I lifted the head and saw the umbilical cord tightly wrapped around the baby’s neck. I was able to grab the cord and unwrap it from the baby’s neck. Also, it was 25 degrees outside so I wanted to make sure the baby stayed warm until EMS arrived.”
Wrapping the kid up they were all relieved to hear him cry and start to move. “Mom smiled and held on to the baby, she looked very happy but very exhausted,” Butler said.
Both mom and son were transported to Tufts Medical Center for evaluation and given a clean bill of health.
The officers later caught up with the newborn to give him a bunch of BPD swag and take a selfie, although the kid might need to wait a while for the hats to fit.