Two officers with the Eagan Police Department are being credited with bringing a baby safely into its family's custody by keeping their cool during a difficult bathtub delivery.
It's not unusual for Officer Aaron Machtemes and Officer Hugh Curry to get a call about a woman in labor, but they're usually there for about a minute before paramedics arrive and take over. This time, it wasn't so easy -- and neither was the delivery itself.
For five years, Machtemes has been on the beat in Eagan.
"I got into it because when bad stuff is happening -- or the worst of the worst happening -- in the city, I'm the person that can actually respond and do something about it and maybe change the situation," he explained.
During his time on the force, Machtemes has seen a lot of things, but what happened last Tuesday was a first.
"I just happened to be tucking my own kids into bed and I get the call and tell my wife, 'I have to go deliver a baby,'" he recalled.
So, Machtemes jumped in his squad and drove to the Morcks' residence, where the mother was already in labor in the bathtub. Although responders tried to wait for the EMTs, baby Isak was too impatient.
"I thought to myself, 'The baby is coming. She's not going with the medics. The baby is going to be delivered right here,'" Machtemes remembered.
Luckily, Machtemes had taken an EMT course and remembered his training -- particularly since the umbilical cord was wrapped around the newborn's neck.
"I reached down and kind of felt around the neck and noticed the cord," he explained. "I thought it would be harder to take off; I just took the cord off and we were on our way."
Yet, when Isak was finally born, the concern grew anew.
"My kids were bright red; they were crying when they came out," Machtemes told FOX 9 News. "This baby was gray and not moving at all. Limp -- so, that really worried me."
Machtemes turned to his training once again.
"I kind of started rubbing the back and kind of tapping the back, and some of the fluids came out," he said. "Hugh Curry, the other officer, came in with one of the bulb suctions and suctioned the baby's mouth, and that time, the baby started to breathe a little bit, which was a huge sigh of relief."
Soon, Isak was doing just fine, along with his mother.
"After it was over, I was almost like zombie," Machtemes admitted.
The Morcks are now home, and Machtemes stopped by their home on Saturday to visit the place he says housed the greatest moment he's had as an officer and check in on the family.
"I got to hold [Isak] and be with the family," he said. "It was cool to talk with dad and mom and go over the experience a little bit."
Since it has been an emotional few days for the family, they did not want to go on camera; however, Isak's father told FOX 9 News both officers were very calm -- and helped his wife stay calm -- during the delivery. For that, the family is grateful the officers showed up when they did.
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