Two of New York’s Finest helped to make a very special Easter delivery on Sunday when they helped a woman deliver her baby on the side of a New York City street.
On Sunday morning, the NYPD officers responded to a car that was parked on the side of the road on the Upper East Side, where they found a woman in labor, WABC reported.
The officers were flagged down by the husband, and the woman was complaining of extreme pressure, NYPD Officer Stephan Koustoubardis told WABC.
Training then “kicked in,” he said.
“I stepped in and assisted the husband and took care of the rest,” he said. My partner helped out by getting stuff to make sure the baby was safe and delivered properly.”
The officers then waited for EMS to arrive to cut the umbilical cord.
It wasn’t an #AprilFools joke when we responded to a 9-1-1 call for a baby on the way.
Great job by Officer Koustoubardis who helped a dad deliver his baby girl in their car. We’re very happy to report both mother & baby are doing well.
— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) April 1, 2018
A photo shows the officers holding the baby girl, wrapped in a multi-colored blanket, with the RFK Bridge and East River as the backdrop.
The newborn and her parents were transported to a local hospital and are doing well.
Koustoubardis has been with the department for eight years, while his partner, Vincent Ching, has only been on the force for eight months. Neither officers are fathers, yet.
“It feels great to help directly bring a new life into this world,” Ching said, adding that it was “uplifting” because police officers don’t “normally handle these kind of situations.”
Koustoubardis he felt “fantastic” and “happy” after the birth.
“It brings excitement to the job,” he said.