HEMET (CBSLA.com) — An Inland Empire police officer answered an emergency call that changed his life when he rushed to the scene and helped deliver his own son.
KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz reports Hemet police officer Bryan Anderson was working early Sunday morning when his wife called and said, “Come home now.”
“I honestly didn’t think it would happen that fast. I went home as fast as I could, thinking we would get ready and go to the hospital, but that didn’t happen,” the eight-year veteran said.
When Anderson got home, there wasn’t any time to get to the hospital. Their son was coming — ready or not.
“I’ve never seen anything like that on the job. It’s the strangest thing that’s happened to me,” Anderson said.
“We actually laid her down on some towels in the bathroom and while we were waiting for the ambulance to show up she started giving birth.”
The new dad grabbed his pocket knife with these three words written on it: “Always be ready.”
And he was when he saw the umbilical cord wrapped around his son’s neck.
“I was able to cut the umbilical cord and untangle him and he started crying,” Anderson said. “It was a little overwhelming, but everything turned out great.”
Michael Joseph Anderson, named after his great-grandfather, was delivered in eight minutes.
Mom and baby are doing fine.
Everyone goes home this week from the hospital.