Somers Point Cop Delivers a Baby
Officer Vincent Rivera had no idea his Tuesday morning shift as a Somers Point cop would be so eventful. Rivera responded to a 911 call around 3:45 AM Tuesday and found Alyssa Martin in labor and ready to give birth.
Paramedics were still minutes away from Martin's home but the baby wouldn't wait, so Officer Rivera delivered the woman's baby.
Rivera told The Press of Atlantic City, “She was sitting on the couch in pain and the baby was coming. I knew if we waited any longer it wouldn’t be healthy for the baby or the mother.”
Minutes later, Alyssa Martyn, 25, gave birth at 4:04 a.m. to Sophia Marie in the home. Rivera delivered the baby.
“I heard the baby cry and I just took charge,” Rivera said. “I was confident to the point where I knew what to do.”
Jonathon Eads, 21, the baby's father, was working in Hoboken when he got the call that his fiancee had given birth to the couple's first baby. He still hasn't met the cop who delivered his baby.
“I talked to him on the phone but I haven’t met him yet,” Eads said. “I want to thank him in person.”
Officer Rivera said he had no prior encounters with baby delivery but drew on 10 years military experience to stay calm.
“I used common sense, tried to support the baby’s head, but mostly the mother did most of the work,” Rivera told CBS 3's Cleve Bryan.
Mother and baby are in good health at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point.