Blackman Township, MI – A Michigan State Police trooper saved the life of a newborn baby whose parents had pulled over into the state police post to have the emergency birth.
It all began July 23 when Andrew Paielli was driving his wife, Jessica, to the hospital at 1 a.m. to give birth, according to MLive.
Jessica’s water broke while the couple was near the state police’s Jackson post. When the baby’s feet were making their way out, the father decided to head to the state police post for help.
Andrew pounded on the state police door but nobody answered at 1 a.m. The baby, Hanna, was born in the couple’s SUV. But Hanna’s skin was blue and purple and she was not responsive.
Andrew gave the baby to his wife and returned to the police post to try to get help but couldn’t get an answer.
So he called 911.
That’s when Michigan State Trooper Ronnie Tucker came sprinting from his patrol car where he was working on a report on a domestic violence arrest that he made earlier in his shift, according to MLive.
Trooper Tucker, 23, has been with the Michigan State Police Jackson post for eight months. He had CPR equipment in his vehicle and he was trained in life-saving procedures involving infants while at the police academy.
The baby had a pulse, but wasn’t breathing when Trooper Tucker arrived.
“I remember repeating in my brain, please God just make this baby breathe somehow,” Trooper Tucker said, according to WILX-TV.
Trooper Tucker performed lifesaving techniques to keep the newborn’s airway open and rubbed her chest for stimulation, according to MLive. Eventually, that worked and the baby began breathing.
“When she let out her first cry, I think I almost fainted,” Trooper Tucker said, according to MLive.
The police from Blackman-Leoni Township and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office also helped with Hanna’s revival.
Hanna soon gained some color and eventually started breathing on her own, the father said.
“I was extremely happy, but at the same time I think I was in somewhat of a shocked state,” Andrew said, according to MLive. “I was afraid — more afraid than I’d ever been in my life — that I was going to lose my daughter.”
Trooper Tucker said that when it was clear that Hanna would survive, he looked at the father who was covered in blood and crying.
“I’m sure we’ll remain friends for the rest of our lives,” Trooper Tucker said, according to MLive. “It’s amazing. I don’t think there’s words that can describe what it feels like to see the baby actually alive and well right now. Seeing how the parents were grateful for everything. There’s no way to explain it.”
The family left the hospital on July 25 and Hanna weighed in at 9 pounds, 15 ounces.
The father said he was forever grateful for the help he received from the police.
“I don’t think we are heroes in any sense, I just think it’s what we signed up to do,” Trooper Tucker said, according to WILX.