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Officer Helps Woman Deliver Baby At Gas Station

Last updated on Friday, April 20, 2012

(ASHBORO) - An Indiana State Excise Police officer helped a woman deliver a child as he drove home at the end of his shift early Thursday morning.

Lt. Christopher Bard was driving home from Bloomington just after 4 a.m. when he noticed something going on in the parking lot of a gas station at the intersection of state roads 46 and 59 in Clay County.

Bard said he saw a car with its passenger door open and a person kneeling down near the passenger's lap. As he approached the car, he found that a 22-year-old woman from Greencastle was about to deliver a baby.

The woman's mother, a trained advanced EMT, was helping.

Bard cut one of the mom's shoelaces and held the infant girl in a blanket while the woman's mother cut the umbilical cord and used the shoelace to tie it off, said Excise Police Cpl. Travis Thickstun.

The new mom and her mother then went to Union Hospital, escorted by Bard. Both are doing well.

While excise officers normally deal with the enforcement of alcohol and tobacco laws, they are also trained to provide emergency assistance.

"Helping a new baby come into the world is a great way to end a shift," Excise Police Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said in a news release. "I am glad the mother and child are doing well, and I am certain this will be an event that Lt. Bard will always remember."

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