By Walt Hunter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – SEPTA Police Officer Loyd Rodgers and his partner gave the stork a helping hand after a female rider approached them at the Olney station on the Broad Street Subway line telling them she had just given birth aboard a northbound train.
There, nestled in her clothing, the officer saw a brand new baby boy, umbilical cord still attached.
Rodgers, a 12-year veteran and father of a teenage daughter, immediately assisted the new mother, wrapping the little boy in a blanket, and calling for medics.
As they waited, Rodgers says the mother and her baby were both very calm. SEPTA cashier Cynthia Leaks saying the little boy, with lots of hair was, in her words, “beautiful.”
In an exclusive interview with CBS 3, Rodgers described how all activity in the busy subway station suddenly halted. Riders snapped pictures and shouting “congratulations” to the new mom.
“It was a celebration,” said Officer Rodgers, “a real celebration.”
Both baby and mom are now doing fine at nearby Einstein Medical center.
Ironically, mom was on her way to an appointment with her doctor when the stork beat the subway to the station.
The little boy, most likely, is the youngest rider in SEPTA history.