Rookie Florida cop comes to rescue of new mom

Palm Beach Gardens officer Joseph Sanchez with baby girl he helped deliver.
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Palm Beach Gardens officer Joseph Sanchez with baby girl he helped deliver.

Officer Jonathan Sanchez was hired by the Palm Beach Gardens police to protect and serve.

Delivering babies is just a bonus.

Sanchez responded Oct. 7 to a call of a pregnant woman in pain and found Jay Stern, of Belle Glade, on the bathroom floor ready to give birth, the Palm Beach Post reported.

It’s likely Sanchez had never encountered a similar scenario. Palm Beach Gardens police said in a statement that Sanchez was recently hired by the department and still has a week left in his training.

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“When I got there, I saw that she was on the floor and the baby was on her way,” Sanchez said in a statement provided by Palm Beach Gardens police. “Instinct just kicked in and I did what I had to do to help her.”

Riley, a 6-pound, 7-ounce girl, was born at 5:43 a.m., the Palm Beach Post reported.

Sanchez, Riley and her mom reunited Friday in Belle Glade.

Stern was house-sitting for a friend in Palm Beach Gardens when she went into labor after taking a shower. She was able to call 911.

“He was a big help,” Stern said of Sanchez. “I couldn’t have done it [without him].”

The statement from police noted that both mom and her baby are doing well, and that Sanchez has “recovered, as well.”