Officer helps deliver baby in Stickney

March 15, 2011 4:53:58 AM PDT
A Cook County sheriff's officer on a routine patrol in suburban Stickney helped deliver a baby after making a nervous 911 call for assistance.

"The baby is coming out now if they could expedite," Officer Michael Kizaric told a dispatcher.

It all started when Kizaric was approached at an intersection by 31-year-old Jonathan Martinez of Chicago. Martinez frantically told the officer that his wife was in labor in the back seat of their car.

The officer didn't think there was enough time to make it to the hospital.

"The father was hands on. He kept turning to me, asking me what he should do. I figured that the baby is supposed to come out, so, you know, let's support the baby as it's coming out, help him along, and after the baby came out I advised the father to wrap him in the sweatshirt that was laying there. At that point we could hear the sirens and the paramedics coming," said Kizaric.

The officer admits he was very nervous and had no previous training in delivering a baby.

The mother, 25-year-old Patricia Ramos, and her baby daughter are both doing just fine.