A routine "Click It or Ticket" traffic stop on Wednesday turned into much more for an Arlington County police officer, who delivered a baby girl on the side of Columbia Pike.
Cpl. Steve Troyano made the traffic stop just after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of 5300 Columbia Pike in Arlington, Va., when a frantic family member sought help for her sister, who was going into labor in the backseat of a nearby SUV, authorities said.
When Troyano arrived, the baby’s head was crowning and ready for delivery.
A few minutes later the woman delivered a baby girl weighing six pounds, three ounces. Police said she was born with the umbilical cord around her neck, which the officer removed. She was wrapped in a towel until medics arrived.
According to officials, the first medic unit arrived on the scene at 6:45 p.m. and transported the healthy newborn and her mother to a local hospital.
The family informed the Arlington County Police Department they will be using the middle name “Stephanie” in honor of Troyano.
The officer said his instincts helped him deliver the baby successfully.
“When I realized I would be delivering the baby in the back seat, my instincts took over,” Troyano said.