Law enforcement officers deliver baby

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Selma Times-Journal

Edward Roller said Trooper Chris Fails caught him early Friday morning doing jumping jacks in the middle of Highway 41.

Roller had called 911 after his car broke down near the Pioneer Electric office. He and his wife had just left their 289 Johnson Dr. home in Sardis when they developed complications &045; his wife was on the passenger side of their 1994 Buick Roadmaster about to give birth.

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Less than a minute later Deputy Ray Donaldson showed up. Fails got back on the radio to a CARE Ambulance already enroute. Time was running out.

Tamekia Harrison had awakened Roller before 7:45 a.m. Friday morning.

Roller said she’d told him the night before she wanted him to take her to the hospital on Friday.

Paramedics arrived moments later and took over. The couple’s two boys now have a 7-pound baby sister. They were trying to decide on a name.

Trooper John Reese sang a serenade before the proud law enforcement officers left the fourth floor of Vaughan Regional Medical Center.

Roller said that he was glad they came along when they did. Then he said he needed a nap and to check on his vehicle.