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Durham officer delivers baby along I-85

Posted October 23, 2013

Durham Traffic Services Officer Gabriel Munter

— It wasn't a normal day on the streets Wednesday for one Durham police officer.

Traffic Services Officer Gabriel Munter was finishing up an accident report on southbound Interstate 85 near the Club Boulevard exit shortly before 9 a.m. when a car pulled up behind his cruiser and a frantic man told him that his wife was having a baby.

Munter grabbed a pair of gloves from the trunk of his cruiser and ran to help deliver a baby girl.

“The baby was coming out. I scooped up the baby and took the cord from around her neck," he said. "I bundled the baby in towels and put her on the mother’s chest."

K-9 Officer J.J. McDonough then arrived and assisted Munter. who called the incident "the coolest thing that has happened to me on the job."

Paramedics checked out the mother and baby, who were both doing well.

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  • beach2011 Oct 28, 12:36 p.m.

    How great it that. Nice for him to be part of something positive!

  • landonsgrampa Oct 28, 10:34 a.m.

    Now THIS is a LEO who REALLY deserves to receive an award for going "above and beyond the call of duty". Anyone can walk in front of a gun...very few cops ever have the thought of delivering a baby, when they leave for their jobs. Being shot at, yes. Portraying a doctor....Not so much.

  • LastSon1981 Oct 25, 5:40 p.m.

    "Interesting. I wonder how long the officer's labor pains were. Oh, wait, HE didn't deliver the baby, the MOTHER did and the officer merely assisted. Give credit where it's due, please, WRAL. Grats to the mother. Sounds like everything would have been fine even without the officer's assistance." carostad1

    Wow someones been arrested and hates law enforcement

  • soccermomlp65 Oct 25, 10:01 a.m.

    Congrats to all involved!

  • thepeopleschamp Oct 24, 1:57 p.m.

    "Interesting. I wonder how long the officer's labor pains were. Oh, wait, HE didn't deliver the baby, the MOTHER did and the officer merely assisted. Give credit where it's due, please, WRAL. Grats to the mother. Sounds like everything would have been fine even without the officer's assistance." carostad1

    Did you read the part where he took the cord from around the babies neck? That probably helped.

  • anneonymousone Oct 24, 11:43 a.m.

    How wonderful for all concerned! A job well done by the baby's mother for delivering a baby under less-than-ideal conditions, to the baby's father for getting Officer Munter's attention, and to Officers Munter and McDonough for welcoming a new life.

    It does my heart good to know that a man who has to face both the terrors and the tedium of law enforcement work (I say that without insult to the profession or those who work within it) says that assisting in a delivery is "the coolest thing that has happened to me on the job."

    LIFE WINS!

  • carostad1 Oct 24, 11:40 a.m.

    Interesting. I wonder how long the officer's labor pains were. Oh, wait, HE didn't deliver the baby, the MOTHER did and the officer merely assisted. Give credit where it's due, please, WRAL. Grats to the mother. Sounds like everything would have been fine even without the officer's assistance.

  • SaveEnergyMan Oct 24, 11:27 a.m.

    An officer's job - to protect and serve. Check plus for Officer Munter.

  • A Pack Fan Oct 24, 9:59 a.m.

    Its nice to see the media finally posting something positive about a law enforcement officer. They do things like this on a daily basis, including putting their life in harms way and it never makes the news.

    Great job Officer Munter.

  • EricaSliver Oct 24, 9:42 a.m.

    Nice! Great job, officers!

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