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Video of roadside baby delivery released in Collier County

Posted at 2:45 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 09:58:25-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- We're getting a better look at the heroic actions of a Collier County deputy who helped deliver a baby on the side of the road early Tuesday morning.

It happened at 4:19 a.m. on Airport-Pulling Road.

“Dad told me he was glad I stopped him, because his wife was in labor, and I thought that might just be an excuse to get out of a ticket” said Deputy Robert Pounds.

That's where Deputy Robert Pounds pulled over a car going 63 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone. It turned out they had a good reason to be speeding: the passenger was in heavy labor.

Once the deputy realized what was happening, he quickly retrieved gloves and a blanket from his cruiser and rushed back to the car, where the baby girl quickly arrived.

“When she grabbed my index finger with her little hand and squeezed it, I knew everything was good. that made me feel good, because I knew with that strong grip she was going to be okay” said Deputy Robert Pounds.

Paramedics cut the umbilical cord and checked out both mom and baby before transporting them to a nearby hospital.

Deputy Pounds explains he couldn't have done this alone — he credits the baby's parents and other first responders that made a very difficult delivery possible.

“Its by the grace of God that I got to be there...I hope its a story that she can tell her grandchildren” said Deputy Robert Pounds.

Dashboard cam video of the event was released Wednesday.

Full video: Collier deputy delivers baby on roadside in Naples