After being flagged down by a couple, an Elk Grove police officer helped deliver a baby in a tire store parking lot. The baby was already crowning and there was no time to get to the hospital.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – Tuesday morning, Officer Dan Templeton was starting his shift with the Elk Grove Police Department when a couple pulled alongside his patrol car and honked frantically.
"They flagged me down, and right off the bat I knew something different was going on," Templeton said.
He told the couple to pull off of Elk Grove Boulevard, which put them in the parking lot of Les Schwab's Tire Center.
Dashcam video shows Templeton opening the couple's car doors – that's when he saw Vanessa Rios, giving birth.
"The head [was] already out and it was completely blue, he wasn't breathing. I couldn't wait for the fire department. I had to get the baby delivered somehow," he said.
"It was the third push and it popped right out. It took a second, but then it started breathing and crying and I knew things would be OK. Had they not come across me, the baby might not have lived."
The Cosumnes Fire Department took the new mom, her husband Jesse and their newborn to Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, where Jesiah weighed in at 8 pounds, 14 ounces.
Tuesday afternoon, Templeton went to the hospital for a visit.
"I don't know how I would have done it without you there," Rios told Templeton. Then she laughed, saying, "We've been getting suggestions that [his name] should be Les … or Schwab!"
Templeton said he had a little training on the birth process for his police department but he really knew what to do after watching the birth of his two sons.
"You get choked up, especially because I have kids," he said. "You know the experience. The first thing I wanted to do was tell my wife, who works here as well. We both teared up a little bit."
Jesiah was due Aug. 22. He has an older brother named Jordan.