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Wash. cop, former medic, delivers baby in parking lot

The police officer had just pulled into a gas station when he was flagged down to help a pregnant woman in a parking lot across the street

By Patty Hastings
The Columbian

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. — A Ridgefield police officer helped deliver a baby boy this morning in a credit union parking lot.

Around 7:30 a.m., Officer David Bone was flagged down in the iQ Credit Union parking lot near the Interstate 5 junction by a woman who said her passenger was about to give birth. Bone went to the woman’s car and was preparing to help Aja Shelton lie down in the front seat when it became apparent her baby was on his way out.

“The baby’s head was already coming out when I dropped my hands down and caught him,” Bone said.

He held the baby until paramedics arrived a few minutes later; Bone also cut the umbilical cord.

Bone started work at 7 a.m. and drove to the Chevron gas station next door to the credit union to fill up his patrol car. The women had just pulled into the parking lot and called 911 when they flagged him down. Medical crews were coming from La Center, about 10 minutes away.

“So, it was up to me to deliver the baby,” Bone said. “The driver of the car was very relieved when I showed up.”

Bone drew on his prior experience delivering babies as a paramedic in California. This, however, was his first delivery since joining the Ridgefield Police Department in 2005.

“I felt very comfortable. This would be my 14th baby (delivery),” Bone said. “This is the cool part of our job. It was very special.”

Shelton and her newborn, Silas, were transported to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. The boy’s due date was July 11. Shelton recently moved to Ridgefield with her husband Seth Shelton and their two sons, who were also born ahead of schedule.


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