It was an early Christmas gift to remember for a New Jersey couple who received a huge helping hand from an off-duty New Jersey State Trooper Friday.
A pregnant Lakewood woman and her husband were driving on the Garden State Parkway on their way to a New Brunswick hospital when she suddenly went into labor shortly before 4 p.m. The husband pulled over to the side of the road at milepost 110 and called 911 for assistance.
At 3:58 p.m., State Police Sergeant Sean Boag, who was on the Parkway and heading home after work, heard the dispatcher’s transmission requesting assistance for the woman. Boag, who happened to be close to where the couple stopped, arrived within minutes of receiving the call and pulled over to help.
Boag then delivered the healthy baby girl at 4:02 p.m.
"[The] mom and baby were transported to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank where they were last reported as doing well," a New Jersey State police spokesman wrote in a press release. "Sergeant Boag was commended for his quick response and decisive actions, which helped keep everyone safe."