Palm Beach Gardens officer Joseph Sanchez with baby girl he helped deliver.
Photo: Palm Beach Gardens Police Department
Photo: Palm Beach Gardens Police Department

Rookie Florida cop comes to rescue of new mom

Delivering babies is just a bonus.

Sanchez responded Oct. 7 to a call of a pregnant woman in pain and found Jay Stern, of Belle Glade, on the bathroom floor ready to give birth, the Palm Beach Post reported.

It’s likely Sanchez had never encountered a similar scenario. Palm Beach Gardens police said in a statement that Sanchez was recently hired by the department and still has a week left in his training.

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“When I got there, I saw that she was on the floor and the baby was on her way,” Sanchez said in a statement provided by Palm Beach Gardens police. “Instinct just kicked in and I did what I had to do to help her.”

Riley, a 6-pound, 7-ounce girl, was born at 5:43 a.m., the Palm Beach Post reported.

Sanchez, Riley and her mom reunited Friday in Belle Glade.

Stern was house-sitting for a friend in Palm Beach Gardens when she went into labor after taking a shower. She was able to call 911.

“He was a big help,” Stern said of Sanchez. “I couldn’t have done it [without him].”

The statement from police noted that both mom and her baby are doing well, and that Sanchez has “recovered, as well.”

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