It’s natural for anyone to get nervous when it’s the first day on the job, but rarely do we ever have such harrowing experiences when we’re just trainees.
But for one trainee, his first day encountering a woman in labor would be one to remember.
When one rookie officer responded to a call from a distraught mother, he quickly realized that he had never experienced this situation in training before. But his natural inclination to serve his community allowed him to go above and beyond the call of duty to help this young mother and her newborn baby.
“When I heard her screaming from the patio, I knew I was in the right place.”
On October 7th, Officer Jonathan Sanchez, of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department in Florida, immediately knew that he was in the right the place when he pulled up in front of Jay Stern’s home in Belle Glade.
“When I heard her screaming from the patio, I knew I was in the right place,” Officer Sanchez said according to WPTV News.
But there were two problems: One, Officer Sanchez was a rookie cop who was still undergoing training. In fact, at the time, he had around one week of training left before he was finished. And two, officer Sanchez was the only officer on the scene.
Despite his lack of experience, he was committed to helping the young mother.
“She’s coming, she’s coming!”
“I knew I was the only one there, so I had to get in there quick,” Officer Sanchez said according to WPTV News.
Stern needed help, and he was the only one who could provide it. He ran into her home and found Stern on the floor in the midst of intense labor.
Stern’s water had broken as she was in the shower, and she had managed to call 911 before the pain of childbirth made it impossible.
“I said, ‘she’s coming, she’s coming!’” Stern said according to WPTV News.
Acting on instinct, Officer Sanchez did all he could to help Stern with the delivery of her baby.
Officer Sanchez had never helped deliver a child before before. Still, Stern, who now has two children, could not be transferred to a hospital in time. There was only one thing left to do—catch the baby!
“Her head came out, and he got down on his knees and he…helped me the rest of the way,” Stern said according to WPTV News. “I could not have done it without him.”
But for Officer Sanchez, this was just part of the job he signed up for.
“I just did what I had to do to help her,” Officer Sanchez said according to WPTV News.
“Well, thank heavens for that,” Stern said according to WPTV News.