Boston police sergeant helps deliver baby in Jamaica Plain

BOSTON (WHDH) - A Boston police sergeant helped deliver a baby girl in Jamaica Plain Friday evening.

Sergeant Rene Sanchez, a 20-year veteran of the Boston Police Department currently assigned to District E-13, was backing up officers at a traffic stop in the area of Centre and Mozart Streets in Jamaica Plain.

Police said a man came running over to Sanchez shortly after 5:00 p.m., and told him his wife was in labor.

The husband and wife had been trying to drive themselves to the hospital, when they realized they would not make it in time.

Sgt. Sanchez ran to the car and called for an ambulance.


“I just thought back to what they told us during our training in the Academy and kept updating EMS”, he said. “I told her, push, push, hold my hand and push.”

In a matter of minutes, the baby girl was born.

Sgt. Sanchez noticed the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck, and quickly made efforts to unwrap it. Since both of his hands were occupied, he asked the baby’s father to press the button on his microphone as he continued to advise the responding medical personnel.

According to police, the baby’s first cries were transmitted over the radio for all the officers in the district to hear.

Boston EMS arrived on scene and transported the family to a local hospital for evaluation.




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