Suffolk County police officer Peter Jurgensen was in the middle of an overnight desk shift at the Seventh Precinct Wednesday when his very pregnant, four-days-past-her-due-date wife called him and said she was in labor.
"She says, 'How much pain do I have to be in for your boss to let you go home?' " Jurgensen, 40, said Wednesday. "So my sergeant says, 'Go.' "
Jurgensen picked up his wife at their Riverhead home and started driving to Southampton Hospital.
"No, we're not going to make it," Kristin Jurgensen, 32, a stay-at-home mom, told her husband. "I can feel its head."
Peter Jurgensen called 911 at 4:44 a.m. to report an "active maternity" and pulled over to a Shell gas station in Hampton Bays, thinking he would run in for supplies.
Baby Ethan Richard Jurgensen had other plans.
"And suddenly I'm delivering my baby," Jurgensen said, describing how he positioned his wife as he crouched outside the car.
"My wife is saying, 'Don't let the baby drop onto the parking lot.' I'm cradling the phone and talking to the dispatcher." In the excitement, he cracked his phone screen.
"I'm standing there, thinking this isn't happening. We're not supposed to have it in the cold, in the dark and in the parking lot," Jurgensen said. "No medication, no drugs. Just right there" - in their Chevy with the brand-new leather seats.
The dispatcher, Tammie Wilson of Southampton Town Police Department, gave medical advice and aided Jurgensen in unwrapping the umbilical cord from Ethan's neck.
"The dispatcher told him what actions to take in clearing the mouth and nose. It was a great team effort," said Lt. Robert Iberger of the Southampton police. "She was saying that Officer Jurgensen and the baby did all the work and she was just there to reassure them."
Wilson was unavailable for comment Wednesday.
The family was then whisked to Southampton Hospital by emergency responders.
This is the second child for the couple, and Jurgensen has a daughter from a previous relationship.
Kristin Jurgensen said because she was in labor for four hours with their first son, she had an idea her next delivery would also be quick.
"I knew he would come fast but I didn't think he would come this fast," she said, adding that she was in labor for less than two hours.
"We are so blessed that everything worked out the way it did," she said. "I married the right guy, that's for sure."
And as a permanent reminder of Ethan's big entrance, his proud papa's name is on the birth certificate as the attending physician.