DUNCANNON, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania trooper was off-duty and heading for home when he took on one last job: delivering a baby in a convenience store parking lot.
Trooper Mark Fisher came upon a disabled vehicle Tuesday night near the Watts exit of Route 322 in Perry County, stopped to check it out, and found Miranda Eaton in active labor.
Eaton and her driver wanted to get to Holy Spirit Hospital instead of waiting for EMS, but the baby couldn’t wait either.
As Fisher and Corporal Brian Wolfe escorted the mother-to-be to the hospital, it became clear they wouldn’t make it in time.
“We realized we still had about 20 miles to go to make it to the hospital,” Fisher said, “so we decided to stop at Sheetz and wait for EMS.”
Once in the parking lot of the Sheetz near Perdix, Eaton’s water broke and she went into rapid labor. Fisher, a former EMT, realized the baby was coming.
“I saw there was crowning and I knew we didn’t have much time, so I asked Corporal Wolf to to go into Sheetz and get gloves and blankets
and whatever he could find,” Fisher said.
A short time later, Fisher delivered the seven-pound, 13-ounce baby girl, Arabella, in the back seat of Eaton’s car. He cleaned the baby and watched over her until EMS arrived and transported mother and daughter to Holy Spirit.
“At first, the baby was not crying so I cleared the airway with my finger and started to rub her chest and the baby started crying,” he said.
Wednesday morning, he stopped by the hospital to check on the family and to deliver a Pennsylvania State Police patch from the shirt he was wearing when he delivered little Arabella.
“He signed it and everything for us, so we put it in her baby book,” Eaton said.
Eaton says she was glad that Fisher was there to help.
“When he told me that he had EMS training, that made me feel better,” she said. “All I wanted was to deliver my baby at that point.”