Retired Piscataway Police Officer Matthew Bailly was recently stopped by New Jersey Trooper Michael Patterson. Bailly helped deliver Michael Patterson in 1991. (Photo: New Jersey State Police)

Retired Piscataway Police Officer Matthew Bailly was recently stopped by New Jersey Trooper Michael Patterson. Bailly helped deliver Michael Patterson in 1991. (Photo: New Jersey State Police)

A New Jersey trooper recently pulled over a retired officer who helped deliver him when he was born in 1991.

On June 1 Trooper Michael Patterson stopped Matthew Bailly for a minor motor vehicle violation in Kingwood Township. During the initial conversation, Bailly told Trooper Patterson that he was a retired Piscataway police officer. Patterson, being a Piscataway native, told Bailly that he is from the same town.

Bailly asked the trooper where he used to live. When Patterson told him that he grew up on Poe Place, Bailly said that he remembered that street because he helped deliver a baby there 27 years ago when he was a rookie cop. He was even able to describe the color, style of house, and the baby’s name, Michael.

Trooper Patterson extended his hand and replied, “My name is Michael Patterson, sir. Thank you for delivering me.” 

On Oct. 5, 1991. Patterson’s mother, Karen Patterson, was out shopping when she went into labor. She barely made it home. Bobby Patterson, Trooper Patterson’s father, rushed outside, picked up his wife, and carried her inside the house. He then called the doctor who talked Officer Bailly through the birth.

Following the traffic stop last week Trooper Patterson and his mother visited Bailly and his wife at their home.

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