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Officer helps deliver roadside baby


UPI News Service, 07/14/2010 

A Connecticut couple said their daughter was born at the side of the road with the help of a police officer when they were unable to reach the hospital in time.

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Michael Zyjeski said he pulled over to the side of the road Tuesday afternoon in West Hartford at the urging of a 911 dispatcher because his wife, Karen, was in labor and her contractions were coming quickly enough that they did not believe they would make it to the hospital, The Hartford (Conn.) Courant reported Wednesday.

West Hartford police officer Tom Lazure responded to the Subaru at the side of Albany Avenue and assisted the parents with the birth of Nicole Marie Zyjeski, who had been due July 9.

"I'm single. I don't have any kids, nor have I delivered a baby. I was like, 'Oh my God, this is it,'" Lazure said.

However, the Zyjetskis said Lazure handled the situation like a pro.

"He had such a calm demeanor. It looked routine, like he'd done it before," Michael Zyjeski said.

An ambulance took the baby and mother to St. Francis Hospital, where doctors said the infant weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces.


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