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Trooper Stops to Help Disabled Motorist, Instead Delivers Baby - Highway 199 south of Grants Pass
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division trooper stopping to help what he thought was a disabled motorist ended up helping deliver a baby girl Monday morning on the side of Highway 199 in Selma south of Grants Pass. The mother and child are in good condition at Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass.
On April 11, 2011 at approximately 10:27 a.m. OSP Senior Trooper Dan Stinnett was northbound on Highway 199 traveling through Selma when he stopped to help a motorist whose vehicle he thought was disabled. Stinnett contacted a woman standing at the back of the car who was frantically trying to describe her location on a cell phone to 9-1-1 because the other vehicle occupant, a 32-year old female from Brookings, was about ready to deliver a baby in the car.
Stinnett confirmed the location to 9-1-1 and then contacted the woman in the right front passenger seat. Stinnett saw the baby's head was about half way out and helped deliver the baby about three minutes later. "When the baby took her first breath, I took my first breath too," said Stinnett.
Shortly after delivery, off-duty Illinois Valley Fire District Battalion Captain Wayland Sherman stopped and helped Stinnett until AMR ambulance and Illinois Valley fire personnel arrived.
The woman and child were transported by AMR ambulance to Three Rivers Community Hospital. She has requested her name not be released.