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Officer Helps Deliver Baby on Roadside in Alexandria



    Officer Helps Deliver Baby on Roadside in Alexandria

    A police officer in Alexandria, Virginia got a surprise when he pulled over a car being driven erratically -- a family was trying to rush a pregnant woman to a hospital. News4's David Culver reports. (Published Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016)

    One baby boy was so ready to make his big debut, he didn't bother waiting for his mother to reach a hospital, arriving instead on the side of a busy road in Alexandria, Virginia.

    Fort Washington, Maryland resident Kenya Sierra's newborn son, Joshua was born overnight Thursday as she, her mother and her two young daughters raced to a hospital.

    Sierra had planned to give birth at Inova Fairfax Hospital, but when she went into labor, the family hurried to Alexandria because they knew they didn't have much time.

    In the freezing cold about 2 a.m., Officer Michael Garcia noticed a car driving erratically on the 2800 block of Duke Street at 2 a.m. Thursday. When he pulled the car over, the family told him why they were in such a hurry.

    "My daughter said, 'Mom, Mom, the baby's coming! Mom, Mom, the baby's coming!' I said, 'Wait!'" Joshua's delighted grandmother Maria Sierra recalled Thursday afternoon.

    Minutes later, Sierra gave birth with Garcia's help. 

    Baby Joshua was perfectly healthy but impatient, his mother said. 

    "He wasn't waiting. He was ready to come out," she said. 

    Garcia has worked for the police department for 3 1/2 years. Joshua's birth was his first delivery -- and we're betting he'll never forget it.