QUEENS — A pair of Queens police officers delivered more than justice Saturday when they helped a woman who went into labor as her husband was driving along the Long Island Expressway.
Officer Anthony Barton, of Highway Unit 3, saw a man standing near a blue Subaru on the eastbound Long Island Expressway service road, near Francis Lewis Boulevard, frantically waving at him and trying to get his attention at about 4:15 p.m., police said.
He arrived to find the man's wife sitting in the front passenger seat with the baby’s head crowning, according to the NYPD.
Another officer assigned to the same unit, Michael Pyzikiewicz, who has been a paramedic since 1997, started giving Barton instructions over the radio, officials said.
Following Pyzikiewicz's directions, Barton reclined the seat to keep the soon-to-be mom in a flat position. He also turned the car’s heat up to keep the baby warm and began clearing fluids from the newborn’s mouth.
Barton then wrapped the healthy, 7-pound, 5-ounce boy in a blanket that he found in the car.
Officer Pyzikiewicz and EMS arrived at the scene shortly after, clamping and cutting the umbilical cord.
The boy, named Josiah, and his parents were transported to Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Both the mom and the baby are doing well, police said.