Police & Fire

Troopers from Somerville Barracks Help Deliver Baby on Shoulder of Route 287

a5c1e78ec4d1800a30d9_sompixnjstatepolicebaby.jpg
Trooper II Tony Lee, left and Trooper Luis Valle visit with parents Cecilia and Lou, and baby Matteo, after helping to deliver the baby on the shoulder of Route 287 Tuesday morning. Credits: Courtesy New Jersey State Police
a5c1e78ec4d1800a30d9_sompixnjstatepolicebaby.jpg

 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Troopers Luis Valle and Tony Lee of the Somerville "B" State Police Barracks helped to deliver a baby early Tuesday morning along Route 287.

Valle had just pulled on tto Route 287 to start his Tuesday shift when a motorist trying to beat backed-up rush hour traffic veered off on to the shoulder to bypass the stuck motorists. Valle pulled him over and was about to issue a ticket when another vehicle pulled up behind his police cruiser.

The driver, Lou Ingles, jumped out from behind wheel and told Valle his wife was in labor, ready to deliver a baby. The heavy traffic had prevented Ingles and his wife, Cecilia, from making much progress after leaving their home in Warren County.

Sign Up for E-News

It was 8:04 a.m.

Valle radioed for EMTs, but it was obvious the baby wasn't going to wait.

In the meantime, Lee arrived to assist.

"The father was calm, we were there pretty much to support him, keep everything under control," Lee said. "We were fortunate to be in the area."

Ingles had the foresight to grab some towels before leaving their home in Warren County.  

Just a few minutes after their arrival, Lee and Valle helped Ingles deliver his son, Matteo.

"We were just the cheerleaders; the father caught the baby," Lee said.

"He was crying as soon as he came out."

The towels were put to good use as father and son bonded for the first time.

When paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson University Hopsital/Somerset and the Bridgewater First Aid Squad arrived, they provided additional treatment to the mother and newborn, but did not have a clamp so that the umbilical cord could be cut.

Lee improvised, went back to his patrol car and grabbed the cord to his phone charger; the paramedics used it to tie off the cord so that it could be snipped.

Then, it was back to the road to continue their patrols, clearing accidents on the busy interstate on a rainy day.

Mom and baby were transported by ambulance to St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick where they were listed in stable condition. Matteo weighed in at a 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

The troopers did take some time to drive to the New Brunswick hospital to visit with the family and pose for a few pictures.

"Everyone was relieved that it all turned out good," Valle said.

For Valle, going on four years as a Trooper, and Lee, a Trooper for nine years, this was their first delivery of a newborn.

Three weeks ago, another trooper from Somerville Barracks B - Chris Tesualdo - delivered a baby alongside Route 287 in Berkeley Heights.

As for the driver riding on the shoulder, Valle cut him loose. - with a warning.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

East Brunswick

Vets4Warriors Gives Struggling Veterans a Lifeline

February 18, 2018

Fatima Aguilar’s first day on the job at Vets4Warriors was anything but normal. A military veteran who’s currently enlisted as a Second Lieutenant with the New Jersey National Guard, she found herself in a potential suicide crisis situation as soon as she hit the phones.

“I started around three and a half years ago on the overnight shift, and my very first call was a US ...

South Brunswick: Volunteer Soccer Coach Charged With Possessing And Distributing Child Pornography

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – A volunteer youth soccer coach and former Sunday school teacher is charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, officials said Thursday.

FBI agents and local law enforcement arrested Waldo Milla-Guerra, 49, at his Kendall Park home Thursday morning after executing a search warrant, officials said.

Milla-Guerra, a volunteer soccer coach with the ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

Guest Column

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The ...

Rep. Watson Coleman Statement on Indictment of 13 Russian Nationals

February 20, 2018

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) issued the following statement in response to the announcement by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller of indictments of Russian businesses and nationals for a criminal conspiracy to interfere with the presidential election in 2016:

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments are the latest ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, March 4, 3:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Staatskapelle Weimar

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, March 23, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey , New Brunswick

Motown the Musical

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, April 7, 2:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Arts & Entertainment

Library Hosts Program On Joint Replacement Surgery

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital partner to present the special medical program “Considering Total Joint Replacement in 2018” at the library on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 pm.

Lead by board certified orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Kayiaros, the program gives a brief overview of arthritis of ...

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper with Danny Pellegrino (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

It's hard to go on a serious diet, one on which you expect to be successful and maintain a loss. Fortunately, in his new book Super Carb Diet, Bob Harper has given the weight watching world a sensible new diet plan to help achieve a healthy weight.

Harper, host of NBC's popular show The Biggest Loser, ...

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Bantom,2017)

How does a writer of a beloved series like Harry Potter or Temperance Brennan break out of their readers' expectations and try something new? For J.K. Rowlings it was the novels penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith; books about a maimed and very flawed private detective with the unlikely name of Cormoran Strike. For Kathy Reichs, it is the ...

EBPD: Safeguarding Students, Staff, and Residents in the Public Schools

February 20, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department, in cooperation with the East Brunswick Board of Education, will be assisting the school security staff by providing police officers at our township public schools. It is the goal of the East Brunswick Police Department and the East Brunswick Board of Education to safeguard our students, staff and residents at our schools on a daily basis ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...