BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The birth of Declan Walsh wasn't run of the mill. He was delivered by a deputy with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office on the side of the road.
Laura Walsh and Sergeant Shawn Anderson met on Wednesday for the first time since Anderson delivered Declan on Saturday around 10 p.m. on the side of Tiger Bend Road.
Anderson and other deputies were responding to an unrelated incident when they were flagged down by Walsh's husband, who flash his lights at them.
Walsh and her family were trying to get to the hospital, but they realized they weren't going to make it.
"They offered to escort us to the hospital," Walsh said. "And I said 'No way, I'm not making it at that point'. And next thing you know, a few minutes later he was born."
Anderson said what happened next was a blur. He threw on some gloves and delivered the baby in the front seat of the car.
"As the baby came out and once I had the baby in my hands, she looked at me and said 'Please don't let my baby die'. And my brain just went
to mush," said Anderson.
Anderson cleared the baby's airway and then tapped him on his bottom, causing Declan to start breathing. Walsh was taken to the hospital by EMS with a great story to tell her son once he gets older.
"We got some memories to share with him, that's for sure," Walsh said.
This is the first time Anderson has ever delivered a baby, but he said it helped having two kids of his own.