An unexpected situation for a state trooper and his intern, responding to a call for help on Sunday morning.
Trooper Owen Mcguigan from the Hart post, and his intern Emily, responded to a call for help, a medical emergency.
They didn’t know what to expect because the caller didn’t speak English.
When they found the caller’s jeep on Spruce Avenue in Newaygo County, they found a woman in labor!
9&10’s Taylor Jones talked to the trooper and intern about what they did next.
“I saw Owen pull back the blanket and I saw the baby’s head and I thought, this is it, here we go. Prepare yourself,” says Emily Paulsen, Michigan State Police Intern.
Just minutes later, Trooper Owen Mcguigan and his Ferris State University police intern, Emily Paulsen, delivered a baby girl on the side of the road.
“We were both holding the baby, I ran and grabbed some blankets and we were doing everything we could to make sure that the baby was crying and breathing and making sure the mom was breathing okay. It was quick, it was too quick to think, you just had to be active,” says Paulsen.
Owen and Emily kept the baby and mom warm until EMS arrived.
It was a lot to take in for an experienced trooper, but even more so for Emily, who rides along with Owen every Sunday.
“When the call first came, I didn’t know what to expect,” says Paulsen.
She says a situation like this brings light to her ambition to be a state trooper.
“Bringing a life into the world and to see what most officers see, with people dying and things like that, bringing a life into the world, it’s a no brainer for me. This is what I’m going to do. My grandpa was a trooper from the Newaygo post and he passed away when I was a year old. When Owen sent me a text message that said, I think your grandpa is looking down on you proudly today, I was just instantly in tears,” says Paulsen.
The mother is in Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital and did not want to go on TV.
Trooper Mcguigan and Emily say she and the baby are healthy and recovering.
“The fact that you can help someone and bring life into the world and make sure the baby is the okay and the mother is okay, it’s very rewarding,” says Mcguigan.