A Long Island police officer recently took on the role of a midwife — helping deliver a baby safely for the fifth time in his career.
Sergeant Jon-Erik Negron of the Suffolk County Police Department was one of four officers who responded to a call about a woman going to work at home in Shirley, New York, according to a Nov. 26 department press release.
“Seventh Circuit Officer Conor Diemer responded to an 911 call at 10:13 a.m. from a woman going to work at her home,” the publication said.
Diemar supported the mother, Rebecca Reyes, who told him that “she felt like the baby was going to come out”.
Along with officers Jadin Rodriguez and Zachary Vormittag, Negron arrived at the scene shortly after Diemar, the publication said.
Reyes, 31, safely gave birth to a baby boy named Owen around 10:25 a.m., the publication said.
Owen was born shortly after his father Juan Maldonado, 46, arrived at the home – and just over 10 minutes after officers responded to the call.
An ambulance crew arrived after the baby boy was born. They cut the baby’s umbilical cord and transported the mother and child to Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, the press release said.
Negron joined the police force in 2013. He gave birth to his first baby in 2017, he told Fox News Digital over the phone.
Since then, he has assisted on about one delivery each year, despite rotating shifts, districts, and positions.
“It’s one of those crazy coincidences,” he said. “Every time I was working, where I was working, I was somehow in the right place at the right time.”
Negron said his friends and colleagues were amazed that “the babies just follow him, regardless of his schedule or whereabouts [him] at this point.”
“Maybe I need to change jobs [to midwifery] at this point,” he joked.
Negron has no children of his own. Given that he’s given birth to five babies, he said his skills “might come in handy” in the future.
He said he arrived at the scene of little Owen’s birth after Diemar said over the police radio that the mother didn’t think she would make it to the hospital – and that she needed to start pushing.
Negron is a supervisor now — so he answered the call, knowing Diemar was “a fairly new officer” and had never given birth to a baby, he said. He credited Diemar with calming Reyes and helping her focus on her breathing during labor.
When he arrived, the baby was about to be born, he told Fox News Digital.
“I just landed next to Conor [Diemar] and we just kind of guided them through it,” he said. “Within minutes … the baby was out and we had him wrapped in a blanket to make sure he was breathing well. Mom was great.”
While baby Owen sure was born in a “fairly uncomplicated living room birth,” not every Negron baby had such an easy start in life.
Negron first gained national attention after saving the life of baby Bryce Pappalardo, who was unexpectedly born at home on Aug. 22, 2017, the Associated Press reported.
Pappalardo, the first baby Negron helped deliver, was born with an umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and did not breathe even after the umbilical cord was removed.
Using a syringe he found in the Pappalardo family’s kitchen, Negron cleared the baby’s airway — and he began breathing normally.
His parents, Jane and Mike Pappalardo, asked Negron to become their son’s godparents as a gesture of thanks.
Though he never knew how much he would need it, Negron was shown a video of the birth when he attended the police academy as part of EMT training, he said.
At the time, he thought it would “never happen.”
He added, “I laughed at my friends like, ‘When are we going to have a baby?'”
He said this week he’s glad he “payed attention in that class.”
Negron joined the police force to give back to the community he grew up in, he said.
“No matter how big or small the call, you have an opportunity to interact with the public and make a positive impression on them,” he said.
In particular, he hopes to make a good impression on children.
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