A group of officers turned a car into a delivery room to help a mother who went into labor on the side of a road in Prince George's County, Maryland, Friday night.
A man flagged down Laurel City Police Officer Shermon Willis around 7:50 p.m. at Van Dusen Road and MD-198 in Laurel.
"It looked like he really needed some help," Willis said.
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The driver told Willis his pregnant wife sitting in the passenger seat of their Nissan Rogue was in labor and needed help.
Willis, a rookie officer who has been on the job for just 8 months, quickly called for back up.
"I definitely didn't wake up ... thinking, 'OK, I'm going to deliver a baby,'" Willis said.
Pfc. James Bright, who is also a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician, happened to be close by and came to help Willis.
The father-to-be asked if the officers could escort them to a hospital with their lights and sirens on — but Bright said he could tell there was no time.
"So, I said, 'Oh well, I guess we're just going to have to do this on the side of the road because there wasn't a hospital close by to do it,'" Bright said.
But with his experience as an EMT, it was't Bright's first time helping deliver a baby.
"[I was] not panicked at all. Once I got there and I was able to observe the scene and see what we had, I just knew it was time to step in and take care of what we knew we had to do," he said.
A third officer, Cpl. Juan Diaz-Chavarria, used supplies from his first aid kit to turn the couple's car into an impromptu delivery room.
Bright coached the mother through the process, and a few minutes later, a healthy baby girl was born. The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department later arrived and helped cut the umbilical cord.
Medics then took the child and mother to a hospital for routine aftercare.
The couple and their new bundle of joy were reunited with the officers on Monday. The happy parents named her Angeline Bailey.