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Suffolk County Police Officers Receive Special Honor After Helping Woman Deliver Baby On Side Of Road

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Two Suffolk County police officers who came to the rescue of a mother giving birth on the side of a road received a special honor Friday; CBS2's Carolyn Gusoff reports.

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MAURICE DUBOIS: A special honor today for two Suffolk County officers who came to the rescue of a mother on the side of the road who was giving birth.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: And it is an honor that will live on. CBS 2's Carolyn Gusoff has more.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: It was here in East [? Patchogue ?] on Hospital Road of all places, Nicole Gonzalez found herself in labor weeks early, but nowhere near her hospital.

NICOLE GONZALEZ: And I said, there's no holding her back, please call 9-1-1. Call 9-1-1 right now.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: A mom who's had three other children says this one was coming astonishingly fast.

- I was driving, and she felt the baby coming out, and she was like, I'm not going to make it. You need to pull over.

NICOLE GONZALEZ: I was on the side of the road having her, so very dramatic entrance into the world for my first girl.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: In minutes, a comforting sight. Two Suffolk Police Officers with EMT training, Daniel Rosado and Danielle Congedo.

DANIELLE CONGEDO: She said, I'm going to have this baby right now. She had two young boys in the back, and we had one of the boys get out of the car, so I could lay her back. And the baby was coming. And baby came, and it was the longest three seconds of my life when I was waiting for that baby to cry.

NICOLE GONZALEZ: And thankfully enough, Danielle was there to catch the baby because there was no stopping me.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: Two days later, a reunion at South Shore University Hospital. And a tribute to the officers that will last a lifetime.

NICOLE GONZALEZ: Danielle and Daniel came to the rescue of helping bring her into the world, and not having to do it on my own before anybody got there. They got there just in time. We wanted to honor that. So we decided to name her Anabella Danielle.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: The way tiny Anabella Danielle came into the world will be a part of her life story told in her name.

NICOLE GONZALEZ: Thank you so, so much for being there and jumping in.

DANIELLE CONGEDO: Thank you for naming her after us. That is such an honor.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: Nicole and Robert say this will be their last baby. Surely nothing can top this. In Bay Shore, Long Island, Carolyn Gusoff, CBS 2 News.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: Well as the officer mentioned, two proud big brothers were also in that car. Their baby sister weighed in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces. All healthy.

MAURICE DUBOIS: The baby was coming. Thank goodness she'd been there before, right?


MAURICE DUBOIS: Thank goodness it wasn't the first.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: Some experience, yes.