NY sheriff's deputy delivers his son on the side of the road

Erie County (N.Y.) Sheriff's Deputy Eric Szkatulski delivered his third son on the side of the road Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 when his wife went into labor and wasn't going to be able to make it to the hospital. (photo courtesy WGRZ)
Ron Plants

SOUTH BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) - Deputy Eric Szkatulski of the Erie County Sheriff's Office and his wife Kelly were heading to Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo, New York Monday for the birth of their third son when the ride took an unusual turn.

After calling a nurse at Mercy, they figured they had more than enough time to make it to the hospital.

"As soon as I hung up, my wife told me, 'We do not have time. He is coming'," Deputy Szkatulski told NBC station WGRZ. "She said, 'We can't make it to the next exit'."

So, Deputy Szkatulski quickly pulled into a turnaround area in the highway's median.

"Just as the moments went by, I knew that we weren't going to be able to make it," Kelly Szkatulski said. "I couldn't imagine giving birth in the car but I just was trusting my instincts that that was what's going to happen today."

They called a Mercy midwife to walk Eric through what needed to happen. He had basic first aid training at the Police Academy but was still a rookie when it came to baby deliveries. With Kelly's cool, calm and collected first responder by her side on the expressway, Kelly had some reflection on the fact that it was the anniversary date of September 11.

"I honestly thought that as ambulances and first responders were showing up and I definitely thought that this is definitely a day that you give credit for all that they do, just as everyone is standing there in the middle of the 219. I was just thinking this is very appropriate," said Kelly.

Eli Eric Szkatulski was born weighing 8 lbs. 5 ozs. and is healthy.

The family is doing great and Kelly says she wouldn't be surprised to see her sons follow Dad into a law enforcement career.

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