Memphis Police Officer Anthony Morris was on routine patrol around 2 a.m. Friday, when a lady flagged him down around American Way and Cherry Road.
In the backseat of the lady's car was a woman in labor, according to Memphis police. The baby's head and shoulders were visible.
Officer Morris helped deliver the baby.
"Cause we were on our way to the emergency room and I felt the head myself first, and then I was like, 'we're not going to make it to the emergency room, get us to the ambulance, police station, get us somewhere!,'" the mother said. "I was like we're not going to make it there either, you have to pull over."
Baby Jhiremiah ignored traffic, taking the green light to arrive.
The baby came out not breathing, with the umbilical cord tied around the baby's neck.
"I was real emotional cause the first sound a mother wants to hear is the baby crying," the 46-year-old police officer said. "I just quite didn't hear that, felt him moving but I didn't quite hear him crying. I was really worried about that."
Officer Morris helped deliver Baby Jiremiah, then revived him. The fire department instructed the policeman over the phone to properly unwrap the umbilical cord.
"He helped me, stayed with me, till the ambulance got there," Officer Morris said. "Made sure the baby was okay and he did the best he could."
The dispatch firefighter also told Morris to rub the baby's back.
The baby was revived. Firefighters and emergency medical technicians arrived shortly after the delivery. The mother and the baby were taken to Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital.
Both baby and mother are doing well. Newborn Jhiremiah has been sleeping and trying to eat for most of the day. Mom says she's noticed he's pretty stubborn on his first day in this world.
For his heroic effort Officer Morris, who has been with MemPhis Police since 1994, has been nominated for the Lifesaving Award for his exemplary work.
Jhiremiah's mother says her six-pound baby made a dramatic labor, easier to deliver.
"I just want to thank him because I wasn't able to thank him, so I do want to thank him a lot and hopefully I get to actually meet him and tell him face to face," the mother said.
Mom is also thankful her best friend who helped deliver Baby Jhiremiah is also a biology major.
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