STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Flagged down by a frenzied cab driver in Lower Manhattan early yesterday, Police Officer Theodore Plevritis sprung into action.
This was no carjacking or in-transit heist. Rather, it was a pregnant passenger in labor and there was no time to get to the hospital.
When he saw the cab driver honking wildly and yelling, Plevritis, 28, a New Dorp resident who works out of the 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan, got into the car with his partner, Justin Naimoli, 26, from Long Island.
"He screamed that the lady in the back seat was having a baby," Plevritis told the Daily News.
With the husband pacing behind the car and the driver going crazy, the two officers tried to focus.
Five minutes later, right there on the corner of Battery Place and West Street, a 7 pound, 12 ounce baby girl came into the world. The newborn and her parents were then transported to New York University Medical Center.
Plevritis, who has been with the force for three years, told the News he learned about delivering babies from a training video at the Police Academy but didn't expect he would be putting his knowledge into use.
Amisha Padnani is a news reporter for the Advance. She may be reached at [email protected]
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