KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Instincts kicked in for a police officer in Kansas City, Mo. who delivered a baby boy in a convenience store parking lot Thursday night.
Officer Ryan Taylor, 29, was about to start his off-duty job when he entered a Snappy Store in the West Bottoms to buy a drink, WDAF reported.
“A citizen came in and said, ‘Call 911! There’s a lady delivering out in the parking lot!’ And I took a second and said, ‘Wait! I’m 911!’” Taylor said.
“I wasn’t thinking,” he said. “I was just doing. I was just acting, just with that human instinct that I have to do something.”
While the baby’s father was on the phone with 911, the mother began pushing in the passenger seat. Within minutes, Taylor single-handedly delivered a healthy baby boy named Jack.
“He took his first breath in my arms and it was emotional,” said Taylor, who has no kids of his own. “It was just amazing. It was quite a gift that baby gave me.”
Though he learned how to deliver a baby in the police academy, Taylor admitted it was scary assuming the role of doctor.
“I got this little life in my hands, and this is real,” he said. “This isn’t a TV show. This is a human being entering into our world and I’m responsible right now.”