Two Suffolk cops were fifteen minutes into their shift Sunday morning when they helped a woman deliver a baby girl at a Medford home.
Officers James Caporale and Paul Rocchio of the Fifth Precinct, both responded to a call at about 7:15 a.m. requesting help for a woman who was in labor.
The two officers rushed to 124 Southaven Ave. where resident Ana Yanis was on the verge of giving birth on her living room couch.
"We didn't even have 30 seconds to react, the baby was coming," said Rocchio, a 23-year veteran of the Suffolk County Police Department.
Caporale, who has worked for the Suffolk police for the past 10 years, said he and Rocchio put on their rubber gloves and "got to work" as they waited for an ambulance to arrive.
"The baby was crowning there was no time to be waiting for trips to the hospital," Caporale said.
About 10-to-15 minutes later, Yanis gave birth to her daughter, with her husband Nelson Sanchez, a mechanic, also by her side. The couple were still deciding on a name as of last night.
"She is a very happy baby," said Yanis in a phone interview from Stony Brook University Hospital where she was transported by the Medford Volunteer Ambulance.
Yanis said she was thankful the officers were there to help, because her husband was nervous after both realized there was not enough time to drive to the hospital.
"They were great with us," Yanis said.
Rocchio said that earlier in his career he assisted with two other births.
"We see a lot of negative things, but today this was all just positive," Rocchio said.