NJ troopers — with help of cellphone charger — help deliver baby on Route 287
BRIDGEWATER — Two State Police officers on Tuesday morning came to the rescue of an expectant mother and father who were on their way to the hospital.
Lou Ingles had help from Trooper Tony Lee and Trooper Luis Valle, both of Troop B Somerville Station, to deliver his son after pulling over with wife Cecelia on Route 287 en route to the hospital.
Lee and Valle also provided paramedics with makeshift clamps to cut the umbilical cord, with Lee using his cell phone charger to tie off the umbilical cord.
Baby Mateo weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces.
The new family was taken to St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick via ambulance, where all are doing well.
State Police Sgt. Sean Boag, who delivered a Lakewood couple's baby along the Garden State Parkway in 2015, told New Jersey 101.5 that he thinks about the baby and family everyday.
"We see a lot of bad stuff on the highway. It was good to actually see life rather than somebody losing their life," Boag said, adding that he credits the Turnpike Authority for providing officers with advanced first aid training.
"The Authority constantly is trying to find ways to support the troopers help the public. I believe that some of that training came in handy that day."
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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