New Jersey State Trooper Michael Patterson and Matthew Bailly, the retired cop who delivered him as a baby 27 years before, were reunited by a traffic stop
Bailly was driving through Kingwood Township last Friday when Patterson pulled him over for having tinted windows, The New York Post reported.
The two men got chatting and it emerged that Michael Patterson had grown up in Piscataway, on the very street where Bailly had delivered a baby on Oct. 5, 1991.
Revisiting the memory, Bailly began describing the house, recounting its color and style, and then mentioned the baby’s name – Michael.
At that moment Michael Patterson extended his hand and replied, “My name is Michael Patterson, sir. Thank you for delivering me,” The New Jersey State Police said in a Facebook post.
Back in 1991, Bailly was a rookie officer and responded to a call about a woman, Karen Patterson, going into labor.
She was out shopping at the time and barely made it home, where her husband rushed outside to pick her up and carry her inside the house.
Bailly meanwhile had arrived at the scene and, through the guidance of a doctor on the phone, delivered Michael Patterson into the world.
After their chance encounter 27 years later, the two men were so excited to meet up again that they arranged for a proper reunion of both families and Michael Patterson took his mom to visit Bailly and his wife at their home.
“They all felt this story was so uplifting, it needed to be shared, and we agree!” The New Jersey State Police said.
“After all, as a police officer, you don’t always get a chance to have a moment like this with people you once helped in your career!”
A similar heartwarming incident took place last year when a medic revisited his own past.
Daniel Helsel, of the Prince George’s Fire Department in Maryland, was born in an ambulance 42 years before and on his birthday in December he helped deliver a baby girl in his emergency vehicle before it could reach the hospital.
Helsel said as soon as the pregnant woman was loaded into the ambulance, she began to give birth and he had no choice but to help.
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