Johnny Stokes poses with some of the Chicago police officers who helped deliver his grandchild (Andy Dahn/Johnny Stokes)

Cops Were 'MVPs' In Delivering Baby In Vehicle, Grandpa Says

April 21, 2019 - 4:18 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It was an Easter Sunday that some Chicago Police officers will never forget.

Johnny Stokes was rushing his pregnant daughter to the hospital but said the baby just couldn't wait.

"When I got near 79th Street, she reached down there and said she felt the baby's head," Stokes told reporters Sunday afternoon. "So when I got to Cottage Grove, I just pulled right into the police station and saw the officers just sitting in their car."

One of those officers was Laurence Nickerson.

"Mr. Stokes pulled up and informed us that his daughter was in labor," Nickerson said. "She was very calm. Heavy breathing, but not hysterical. We just kind of coached her through it and told her to keep breathing."

After calling for backup, several more officers emerged from the 3rd District station and helped deliver baby Ava.

Said Stokes: "They got the umbilical cord off the baby's neck, the baby started crying and all the other officers were getting my daughter towels and everything. I was a nervous wreck but they all stayed calm and collected. They are the real MVPs. If they weren't there, I don't know what would have happened."

Both the baby and mother are doing fine, and Stokes said he's looking forward to telling his granddaughter the crazy tale.

"And the point is that she messed up the whole front seat of my car. That's something I can also tell her."