Monday, 19 November, 2018

New Jersey State Trooper stops retired officer who delivered him

Screen Shot State Trooper Michael Patterson and Matthew Bailly a former police officer. Courtesy of New Jersey State Police
Ellis Copeland | 09 June, 2018, 02:52

A traffic stop in New Jersey turned into an unlikely reunion when Trooper Michael Patterson (right) pulled over Matthew Bailly (left) and discovered the retired cop had helped delivered him 27 years ago.

In a Facebook post, New Jersey State Police said Trooper Michael Patterson stopped Matthew Bailly on June 1 for a vehicle violation in Kingwood. The two men talked and Bailly mentioned he used to be a police officer in Piscataway where Patterson grew up.

After chatting a bit Patterson realized Bailly was the very same cop that helped deliver him as a baby when his mother suddenly went into labor at a shopping mall and rushed home 27 years ago. He even described the style and color of the house, and that the baby's name was Michael.

Trooper Patterson extended his hand and replied, "My name is Michael Patterson, sir. Thank you for helping to deliver me'".

Their worlds collided 27 years ago when Patterson's mom, Karen, went into labor while out shopping.

After the chance encounter, Patterson and his mother visited Bailly and his wife at his home and the two posed for pictures almost three decades after the emergency delivery.

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Patterson got out of his patrol auto to speak with Bailly.

Mr Bailly said he remembered the street as he had helped deliver a baby there. Poe Place, Patterson said.

It was just a routine traffic stop.

"We're not sure what the odds are of this happening - maybe they're close to the odds of a hole-in-one, winning the lottery, or being struck by lightning - but it happened", New Jersey State Police said in a Facebook post. Instead of giving him a ticket for his tinted windows, Patterson advised him to change the glass, according to the BBC. Mr. Bailly had four years on the job when he responded to a home on Poe Place in Piscataway. When she got home it was too late to get to the hospital.

The state police wrote in the post: "They all felt this story was so uplifting, it needed to be shared, and we agree!"

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