Local law enforcement officers in Independence got an unexpected request for service Monday night.
According to Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Carma Roper, at about 10 p.m. a resident walked into the lobby of the Sheriff’s Administrative Office/Inyo County Jail and requested an ambulance because his wife was in labor in the parking lot.
Sheriff’s Corporal Chris Connolly, and ICJ Correctional Officers John Bartlett and Vicki Michener immediately responded.
According to Roper, the mother-to-be had recently been seen in Bishop, but was sent home earlier in the day; the couple made it as far as Independence before she went into labor.
The mother was reclined back in the front seat of the vehicle, and was experiencing frequent contractions. As Corporal Connolly and Officer Bartlett were timing the contractions her water broke and active labor commenced.
“Labor was quick and the baby began arriving almost immediately,” Roper said. “Corporal Connolly kept his hands on the baby’s head until he was relieved by EMTs from Independence Volunteer Fire Department and CalFire.”
Shortly after Connolly was relieved the full delivery of the baby happened.
Officer Michener supplied fresh towels to emergency medical personnel while continuing to provide assurance to the mother.
“As first responders we have all been trained on births, but experiencing this first hand will forever be in our memories,” stated Corporal Connolly. “The safety of the mother and the child were top priority. This was a stellar job by all involved.”