When one California baby just couldn’t wait to get to the hospital to be born, two San Diego police officers swooped in to ensure he had a smooth delivery – even if it was in the most unexpected of places.
The two police officers went beyond the call of duty Thursday when helped deliver the baby in the parking lot of a U.S. post office.
A distressed man called 911 just before 6:30 a.m. and told emergency dispatchers that his wife was giving birth in a parking lot, KGTV reported.
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Despite her due date being three weeks away, the woman – named Vanessa Prado – began to have contractions around 4 a.m.
“I said, ‘He’s coming out. I think we need to go to the hospital,'” Prado told KGTV.
As the Mira Mesa couple rushed to the hospital, her contractions had intensified so much that she realized they wouldn’t make it.
“Am I going to pull over at McDonald’s or the post office?'” Prado recalls her boyfriend asking her.
They chose the post office. San Diego Police officers Matt Enderlin and Eric Hustad were on the scene within two minutes of the emergency call.
The officers comforted Prado as she gave birth in the passenger seat of the car. Officer Matt Enderlin even caught the newborn after he was born, he said.
“I was just so relieved,” Prado said.
The couple are now parents to healthy baby boy, who they named Pierce. Prado was later transported to the hospital, where she was reunited with the officers.
To do this job, you have to be ready for anything, even delivering a baby! Great job Ofcr Enderlin & Hustad and Mom! pic.twitter.com/mkbeSQkjsF
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The proud police department posted photos of the officers posing with the new parents at the hospital.
“To do this job, you have to be ready for anything, even delivery a baby!” San Diego Police wrote on Twitter.
Both officers have been with the department for nearly a decade and have never experienced anything like this incident, they told KGTV.