FRANKFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — Two Sussex Barracks Troopers received quite the unexpected call last Friday.
William Cisko and Luis Jacinto were told by dispatchers that a woman and her husband were halfway to Morristown Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania when the woman’s labor pains intensified. The expectant couple was forced to reroute their plans and called 911 to seek a police escort to Newton Hospital instead.
The troopers were told the couple had their hazard lights on southbound U.S. 206 and they located the couple standing outside their minivan parked in the lot of the Frankford Township Municipal Building.
The husband, Robert, informed the troopers that the baby’s head was already visible, so they immediately placed his wife, Kimberly, in the back compartment of the minivan.
A few seconds later, the troopers helped deliver the baby girl safely.
After clearing the newborn’s airway, the troopers wrapped her in a shirt and held her until a first aid squad arrived to the scene.
The couple’s two boys, ages four and two, remained inside the van during the entire delivery. Trooper Cisko drove Robert and the young boys to Newton Hospital while Trooper Jacinto followed the ambulance.
Kimberly Giarranto is thankful the officers were there.
She said to police, “Please tell Troopers Jacinto and Cisko that I am indebted to them for their help in the delivery of my little girl. The stress and scariness of the situation was alleviated tremendously because of their calm and assured presence. While I was being transported to the hospital, my husband said the officers held my older son’s hand and turned what could’ve been a traumatic experience for the boys into an exciting evening with state troopers. I feel like, in this case, words are simply not enough to express my sincerest gratitude.”