ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - A young baby named Emily will have quite a story to tell about how she came into this world. And that story will include a Zionsville police officer and her parent's kitchen.
Tuesday, WISH reporter Daniel Miller talked with the officer who delivered Emily.
Officer Adam Harper was on paternity leave after his own wife delivered a baby girl. Monday was his first day back at work and his first call out is one he says he will never forget.
"As a public safety officer and a police officer, you're not sure what kind of circumstances you're going to get into each day," he said.
But Monday morning, Labor Day, Officer Harper found himself helping out in a big way, assisting medics with a woman in labor.
"I'm heading to the scene and my whole goal at this point is to calm down mom. Medics are on the way, we'll get you taken care of. We'll get you to the hospital. We'll make sure things get taken care of," said Officer Harper.
But on the way there, Officer Harper learned the woman wasn't going to make it to a hospital. Dispatchers told him the baby was already crowning.
"As I pull into the driveway and enter the house through the open garage...Mom's on the floor and she's sprawled out in there and there's a baby trying to exit," he said.
Officer Harper said the woman's husband was on the phone with 911. Dispatchers were talking him through what to do. He said during that moment the baby's head started to come out - so he got on his knees and sprang into action.
"I got mom calmed down enough. We kind of did a little pep talk and from there we just kind of pushed," he said.
Officer Harper said the mother pushed a few times and nothing happened.
"With mom pushing and me kind of pulling at the same time, we were able to successfully pull the baby out and deliver the baby right there," he said.
Office Harper said it all seemed to happened so fast and in his 6 years on the force, this is a first.
"Somebody had their hands on us that day and was helped guiding us all through it," he said.
Office Harper said it's all in a days work. He said he's happy he was there to help bring little Emily in the world.
"It's kind of hard to prepare for the unknown, but when they happen you kind of go into that game time mode and just kind of take care of business," he said.
Officer Harper visited little Emily, her mom and dad Tuesday at the hospital and they are doing well. He said he and the family have already started to develop a relationship, one he hopes will grow over the years.
Zionsville medics were coming from another run and Officer Harper arrived at the call first. This is why Zionsville Police Chief Robert Knox said his officers have yearly training and first aid classes so they are prepared in case they are needed.
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