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Tucson police officers help deliver baby

Two police officers helped deliver this baby boy on the side of a Tucson street on Monday. (Source: Family photo) Two police officers helped deliver this baby boy on the side of a Tucson street on Monday. (Source: Family photo)
TPD officers Joshua Parrish (left) & Troy Lansdale (right) helped deliver a baby early Monday morning. (Source: Tucson News Now) TPD officers Joshua Parrish (left) & Troy Lansdale (right) helped deliver a baby early Monday morning. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two Tucson police officers went above and beyond to help a mother deliver her baby on Monday, Sept. 12, according to Tucson Police Department officials. 

Ofc. Joshua Parrish and Ofc. Troy Lansdale were on patrol near northbound I-10 Frontage Road and West Speedway Boulevard when a vehicle pulled alongside them and the driver asked for assistance shortly before 2:30 a.m. 

The officers pulled off to the side of the road and learned that the passenger was in labor. According to a TPD news release, the officers requested paramedics and then sprang into action, talking the mother through her labor. A baby boy was born a short time later at the scene on the side of the road. 

"I threw my gloves on and got in there," Parrish said. "Helped mom stay calm, told her to breathe. As she was pushing, I kinda caught the baby.

"It was a really cool experience. I joined this job because I want to help people and that was just a prime example of being able to step in a very unique, stressful situation for these people and have a large impact in their life."

Parrish has only been an officer for 12 weeks and is in field training. He learned how to deliver a baby a few months ago in the police academy. 

Ofc. Derek Smith arrived on scene to assist with the baby before the paramedics arrived. Joshua said from the time they got to the car to the time the baby was delivered was only two to three minutes. 

Both mother and baby were taken to a local hospital in good health.  

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