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Scotch Plains Police Officer Delivers His 7th Baby While on Duty

Scotch Plains Police Officers James Richie, Brian Cheney and Captain Ted Conley celebrate the successful delivery of the Township's newest resident on Friday. Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The newest resident of Scotch Plains was in good hands when she came into the world on Friday, Nov. 6, at around 3:00 a.m. She was delivered by Officer Brian Cheney, who has helped bring seven babies into the world as a Scotch Plains police officer.

"We got the call to go to Westfield Avenue at about 2:44 a.m.," explained Officer James Richie, who was with Officer Cheney. "I went to get the oxygen tank and came rushing back up when I heard screaming from downstairs. It all happened in less than 15 minutes."

Cheney explained that when they arrived at the home, the expectant mom was in the bedroom and her water had broken.

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"The contractions were two minutes apart. I saw that the head was starting to crown and knew that there was no way we were going to make it to the hospital," said Cheney, the father of four boys. "I reached in and hooked my ring finger under the baby's shoulder and out she came. It took less than 10 minutes."

The police officers helped swaddle the little girl and handed her to her mother as the medics came to take signs and then transport mother and daughter to the hospital. 

Cheney, also delivered two babies as a member of the Rescue Squad, and one as an employee of Radio Shack in Buffalo, New York, while he was a college student --- for a lifetime total of ten!

The officer said he will stop by to see how the family is doing. There is no word yet when Scotch Plains' newest resident will return from the hospital to the town where she was born.

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