HONOLULU – Honolulu police Officer Stephen Keogh jokes that he didn’t receive any training in obstetrics while in the academy, but he’s been getting a lot of practice delivering babies.
Keogh, a traffic motorcycle officer with seven years on the force, delivered a baby girl during Thursday morning’s rush-hour commute on Honolulu’s H-1 freeway. It was his second delivery on the freeway: He helped with a birth last year.
The 39-year-old, who is single and has no children of his own, said the latest birth was a little girl who “came out right in the front seat of that pick-up truck.”
The baby’s father had pulled up behind Keogh on an east-bound, center median near the Middle Street exit, saying he didn’t think they would make it to the hospital in time. The couple was driving from their Waipahu home.
A few minutes later, the baby arrived.
“She gave up a pretty good cry when she came out,” Keogh recalled.
Paramedics took mother and daughter to a hospital where they were doing well, said Shayne Enright, spokeswoman for the Honolulu Emergency Services Department.
Keogh joked that “in the academy, we don’t get ob-gyn training,” but added that his previous experience helped. But it was the mother who did all the work, he said: “She was composed. She was in control.”
“I think it was divine intervention ... a lot of luck,” he said. “In our job, we don’t always see the best that life has to offer.”
The baby didn’t yet have a name when paramedics whisked them away, Keogh said.