Nov 14, 2012 8:08 PM by Kelly Orsini, KSBY News

Local police officer helps deliver baby in police department parking lot

An Atascadero police officer helped a mother deliver her baby in the police department parking lot Tuesday night after the child's father came running into the station's lobby asking for help.

Just before 11:30 p.m., Chris De Vroede of Atascadero told the dispatcher that his wife, Orah, was in the vehicle in the police department parking lot having a baby.

Officer Luca Benedetti ran out into the parking lot with Mr. De Vroede. His wife was having severe contractions and told Officer Benedetti that the baby was "coming out."

Officer Benedetti helped move Mrs. De Vroede to the back seat of the car, and the baby was born. Officer Benedetti noticed that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's body, and he was able to untangle it and place the baby into Mrs. De Vroede's arms just as other emergency personnel arrived on scene.

Orah and her baby girl were taken to Twin Cities Hospital with Mr. De Vroede following in the family car. The family told a watch commander the baby girl is doing great and weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces.



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