Posted at: 08/13/2013 12:55 PM
| Updated at: 08/13/2013 5:30 PM
By: WNYT Staff
COLONIE - Something is either on your mind. Or you're on something to fly 21 miles per hour above the Northway speed limit without even noticing that one of the cars you are passing is a New York State Trooper.
"Every traffic stop, you don't know what to expect. You walk up to the vehicle hoping it's a pleasant traffic stop," explains Trooper Ian Henry of Troop G.
What Henry found inside the red pick up he had just pulled over, South of the Twin Bridges in Colonie, was a frantic husband and his very pregnant wife who were headed to St. Peter's Hospital in Albany from Ballston Spa.
"When I approached the vehicle he said 'my life is in labor!' I looked over and she was in excruciating pain, asking for help," recalls Henry.
Henry called Colonie EMS but the father of two recognized that the woman was very close to giving birth so he prepared to help deliver the baby. Fortunately, he says, paramedics arrived and quickly moved the mother-to-be inside their ambulance. Twelve minutes after that, on the side of 87, a healthy baby girl was born.
When we can participate in a joyous event in a family's life it's refreshing and makes it worth it," says Captain Erin Kelly of Colonie EMS.
It wasn't the mother's first baby. It was, however, a first for Captain Kelly. Professionally and personally.
"I think I was more nervous than the mother herself...I was thankful it went as well as it did," Kelly added.
The baby isn't named Ian. Or Erin. And in case you're wondering, the proud parents were not issued a ticket.
"Troopers, as well, we have a heart," adds Henry.
According to a St. Peter's spokesman, mom and baby are doing well.
The State Police report that even if the couple had wanted to continue on to the hospital themselves, it would have been impossible because their car over heated on the side of the Northway and had to be towed.