On Sunday Rockford, IL, police officer James Nachampassack delivered his own baby in a parking lot.
The one-year veteran, assigned to the police department’s squadrol, or transport van, spent much of his night and early morning transporting arrested individuals to the Winnebago County Jail. What had all the makings of another routine shift changed about 5 a.m. when he got a call from his girlfriend, Phenh Thammavong.
"She said nonchalantly, 'I think I’m going to give birth today.'"
Nachampassack informed his sergeant who picked him up at the jail and drove him to the District 3 New Towne Drive headquarters to pick up his personal vehicle. Nachampassack said he drove home quickly and before he could open the door, he heard Thammavong screaming.
Nachampassack loaded up his girlfriend and her belongings into his car and while en route to the hospital, he called dispatch on his cellphone. "I said, 'Can you make sure the emergency room is ready because this baby is coming in hot. We’re going to pop right when we get there.'"
Minutes later Nachampassack informed dispatch his girlfriend was giving birth and requested an ambulance be sent to the parking lot of the Alpine Inn, rrstar.com reports.