An otherwise routine Tuesday for a League City police officer turned into a night to remember when he was pressed into service to deliver a baby girl.
Officer Jason Carty was on duty at AMOCO Federal Credit Union's Bay Colony Branch at around 5:30 p.m., according to a news release issued by the credit union. He was in the parking lot, waiting for employees to exit the branch at closing.
A car pulled into the lot and the driver jumped out, trying to get the officer's attention. The man spoke little English, so he ushered the officer to the passenger side of the car to demonstrate the urgent matter at hand: a woman passenger was giving birth, and the baby was nearly out. In an instant, Carty realized he would need to deliver the baby.
"It was my first delivery," Carty said. "I mean, I have three sons, but I didn't deliver them."
Here is the press released from AMOCO FCU:
What started out as a seemingly normal Tuesday, ended with a big baby surprise for AMOCO FCU’s Bay Colony Branch.
Around 5:30 P.M on June 19, on duty League City Police Officer, Jason Carty, was in the AMOCO parking lot waiting for the closing employees to walk out. Before he knew it, a car swiftly pulled into the Bay Colony Branch parking lot and a man frantically jumped out to get his attention. Carty realized the man spoke little to no English. Since there was a communication barrier, the man guided Carty to the passenger front door of his car where a woman was sitting. The man pulled a blanket off of the woman, which revealed a crowning baby. Shocked, Carty quickly realized he was going to be the one to deliver this baby. “It was my first delivery. I mean, I have three sons, but I didn’t deliver them. All too often I am a consequence of people’s poor decisions. That was not the case on this day. I was blessed to be there when those folks needed help and to bring a new life into this world. It is certainly one of the highlights of my career and one that I will look back on and be proud of. I was able to help bring a new life into this world; there are just no words to describe that,” Carty said. As he delivered the baby, Debbie Castaneda, Branch Manager of the Bay Colony Branch, walked out and had no idea what was taking place. Carty explained to her that they needed a translator, so she ran back inside to grab an employee who could translate for the paramedics that had now arrived. That’s when AMOCO FCU employee, Maria Sanchez, stepped up to the plate. “I walked outside so excited to help the new mom. She listened to all of the directions we were giving her. I was really surprised how calm she was; she was a natural. Not to mention the baby was so cute,” Sanchez explained. Soon after Sanchez successfully translated for the couple, the paramedics transported the family to a nearby hospital. Carty later visited the family at the hospital to make sure they were okay. “They were really nice people. I think they were as surprised as everyone else,” Carty explained. While the baby girl’s name is Camila, AMOCO has given her the nickname “Baby AMOCO.” AMOCO employees went to visit the family at the hospital the next morning bringing an AMOCO onesie and flowers. The couple explained that this was their fourth daughter and they were not expecting her appearance to be so grand. Although they were nervous about her untimely birth, they both expressed how thankful they were that Carty, the paramedics and AMOCO employees all stepped into action. Excitement is just one of many words to describe how AMOCO employees feel about a baby being born at one of their branches. “I am so honored to work with Officer Jason Carty of the LCPD and Maria Sanchez. They were fantastic! Congratulations to the new parents and welcome baby Camila, or as we will always know her as, Baby AMOCO,” Castaneda lovingly expressed.