Cops Deliver Christmas Baby on SEPTA Train
Transit Police SGT and PO deliver baby on Market Frankford El train!!!! WOOHOO!!! Now that's a Christmas gift!!!
— Thomas J. Nestel III (@TNestel3) December 25, 2014
For those that have asked, I have waived today's fare for our newest rider. Congratulations!!!
— Thomas J. Nestel III (@TNestel3) December 26, 2014
Two SEPTA police officers helped deliver a baby Christmas night, on the eastbound Market Frankford subway as it approached its 15th Street stop.
NBC 10 reports the delivery occurred around 6 p.m.:
“When she was on the train I guess the baby said, ‘I’m ready to come out now,” said witness Toney Harris-Saunders who was on his way to see family for Christmas.
Harris-Saunders, a 26-year-old Philadelphia resident, said he called 911 when he saw the woman having the baby in the seat in front of him — calling the entire experience a “phenomena.”
“I helped relax her and a couple of other people helped her as well … told her to relax, to take some breaths,” said Harris-Saunders.
That’s when the cops stepped in. KYW reports:
Sargent Daniel Caban says a passerby told him a woman was ready to give birth inside a subway car. He and Officer Dorrell James rushed downstairs to the platform at the 15th Street Station.
“As soon as we got there, I could see the baby’s head coming through her sweatpants, and we just went right to work,” Caban tells KYW Newsradio.
“I was hoping for a quiet day, but this is worth it,” Caban says. “This is what our job about.”
The mother and baby boy were taken to Hahnemann Hospital, reportedly in good condition.