Trooper stops retired cop who delivered him 27 years ago

Leroy Wright
June 8, 2018

A New Jersey state trooper has been unexpectedly reunited with the retired police officer who delivered him as a baby 27 years ago - by pulling him over.

"Trooper Michael Patterson stopped Matthew Bailly for a minor motor vehicle violation".

While the men were talking, Baily told the trooper he was a retired Piscataway police officer. Patterson's mother, Karen, went into labor while out shopping and barely made it home. He even described the style and color of the house, and that the baby's name was Michael.

Patterson then extended his hand, said "I'm Michael Patterson, thanks for delivering me". "Thank you for helping to deliver me'".

"It was awesome", 26-year old trooper Michael Patterson said of the couldn't-make-this-up moment at a press conference on Thursday.

When Mr Patterson told him he had grown up on Poe Place, Mr Bailly said he remembered the street because he helped deliver a baby there 27 years ago. Michael grew up and became a trooper with the state police.

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Poe Place, Patterson answered. He had only been on the job four years.

And with baby Michael unable to wait any longer, the young officer was guided through the delivery process by the doctor, who was still on the phone line.

Bailly was pulled over Friday because of tinted windows on his vehicle and was advised to correct the problem, police said. When Patterson told him that's where he grew up, Bailly asked where he lived. Trooper Michael Patterson stopped the police officer who delivered him 27 years ago in Piscataway. Her husband, Bobby, took her into the house and called police and their doctor.

"They all felt this story was so uplifting, it needed to be shared, and we agree!" state police wrote.

"You never think a routine stop like that turns into meeting the person who helped give the resources to bring you into the world", Patterson said.

Patterson and his mother visited with Bailly and his wife and snapped photos to commemorate their surprise reunion.

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