The thing about being a Boston Police officer is every day can bring something different -- like on Friday when Sergeant Rene Sanchez helped deliver a beautiful baby girl in the Centre and Mozart streets area.
Around 5:12 pm, Sgt. Sanchez, a 20-year veteran of the department currently assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain), was backing up officers on a traffic stop when a man came running over towards him telling him that his wife was in labor.
The husband was driving his wife to the hospital and realized they weren't going to make it in time. The sergeant ran to the car and called for an ambulance as he prepared to deliver the baby, according to Boston Police.
“I just thought back to what they told us during our training in the Academy and kept updating EMS,” said Sanchez. “I told her, 'push, push, hold my hand and push!'"
In a matter of minutes, baby Elizabeth was born, and the sergeant even noticed the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck, so he quickly and safely unwrapped it.
Due to both of his hands being occupied, Sanchez asked the father to press the button on his microphone as he continued to advise the responding medical personnel. During this time the baby’s first cries were transmitted over the radio for all the officers in the district to hear!
Boston EMS soon arrived on scene and brought the mother, father, and their new baby girl to a local hospital for evaluation -- and Sanchez personally escorted the ambulance to the hospital to make sure the family had a safe arrival.