by: Mike Petchenik Updated:SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. —
Corporal David Williamson has five kids of his own, but nothing prepared him for what he encountered Wednesday morning on Roswell Road when a car pulled up to him as he directed traffic.
"'I'm having a baby right now,'"a woman told him, Williamson said in an interview with Channel 2's Mike Petchenik.
At first, the veteran Fulton County police officer pointed the mother in the direction of Northside Hospital, but he soon realized "right now" meant that moment.
"Dad was a champ," Williamson said. "We were working as a team."
As the father helped guide the baby's shoulders out of the birth canal, the infant landed in Williamson's arms, he said.
"It was breathing great," he said, adding that he and the father worked to clear the baby's lungs.
Soon after, paramedic Christopher Ginn arrived to help.
"I think everyone was excited when we got there," Ginn said. "Both mom and baby were great when we got there. We just tried to keep it that way."
Ginn said he let the baby's father cut the umbilical cord. Then it was off to Northside Hospital.
Williamson told Petchenik first
responders have to prepare for everything. Even so, he said it's a scene he won't soon forget.
"Doing this 19 years, and this is my first baby on the side of the road," Williamson said. "All worked out well."