KDPS officers help deliver baby near Bronson Park

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety baby delivery
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers work to deliver a baby on South Street (Courtesy: Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers helped deliver a baby after a woman’s water broke while driving to the hospital.

It happened at 12:25 a.m. near Bronson Park in the 200 block of W. South Street.

When officers arrived on-scene, they say the woman was having contractions and the baby was beginning to “crown.” KDPS Sergeant Kristie Hofer, as well as Public Safety Officer Fountain delivered the healthy baby boy as paramedics arrived. Hofer said the delivery took three or four minutes.

“I was ecstatic, both excited and scared,” Hofer said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

The mother and father of the baby were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

KDPS and Hofer said they extend their best wishes to the Baker family on the birth of their newborn baby boy.