Authorities say Robert Giarratano and his wife Kimberly were halfway to Morristown Memorial Hospital Friday when Kimberly Giarratano's labor pains intensified. The couple, who have two boys, ages 2 and 4, who were also in the car, decided to reroute to a closer hospital and called 911 for a police escort.
The Giarratanos pulled into the parking lot of the Frankford Township Municipal Building in Sussex County to wait for help. Troopers William Cisko and Luis Jacinto arrived to find the couple standing outside their minivan, and ushered the mom-to-be into the back of the vehicle.
Within seconds, the troopers delivered the baby. They cleared her airway, wrapped her in a shirt and held her until paramedics arrived. Then they all headed to the hospital, including the Giarratanos' two sons.
Kimberly Giarratano later thanked the two troopers for helping deliver her child and said their calming presence helped ease a frightening and stressful situation. They also helped make the birth a positive experience for her two young sons, she said.
"While I was being transported to the hospital, my husband said the officers held my older son’s hand and turned what could’ve been a traumatic experience for the boys into an exciting evening with state troopers," Giarratano said. "I feel like, in this case, words are simply not enough to express my sincerest gratitude.”