Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Sergeant Successfully Delivers Baby Girl on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain


At about 5:12 PM on Friday, June 10, 2016, Sergeant Rene Sanchez, a twenty-year veteran of the department currently assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain), had the unexpected honor of delivering a beautiful baby girl in the area of Centre and Mozart Streets in Jamaica Plain. The sergeant was backing up officers on a traffic stop when a man came running over towards him telling him that his wife was in labor. The husband and wife had been attempting to drive themselves to the hospital when they realized that they were not going to make it in time. The sergeant ran to the car and called for an ambulance as he prepared to deliver the baby. “I just thought back to what they told us during our training in the Academy and kept updating EMS,” he said. “I told her, push, push, hold my hand and push!" In a matter of minutes, the miracle occurred. When the sergeant noticed that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck, he quickly made efforts to safely unwrap it.  Since both of his hands were occupied, he asked the father to press the button on his microphone as he continued to advise the responding medical personnel. It just so happened, because of this act of teamwork and uncanny timing, the baby’s first cries were transmitted over the radio for all the officers on the district to hear. 

Boston EMS soon arrived on scene and transported the mother, father, and their new baby girl to a local hospital for evaluation. After a performing a successful and safe delivery, Sergeant Sanchez personally escorted the ambulance to the hospital to ensure a successful and safe arrival as well.