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State trooper helps deliver baby

Posted June 29, 2008

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— A state trooper was conducting a routine traffic stop on Saturday night when he found himself helping deliver a baby.

Trooper J.L. Thorpe made the stop at N.C. Highway 42 and N.C. Highway 50, near the Wake-Johnston county line, around 10 p.m.

A couple driving by stopped and waved him over. The woman's water had broken 10 minutes earlier, and she knew the baby was on its way, Thorpe said.

Three minutes later, Thorpe said, he was holding a baby girl.

The baby was two weeks early, but she and her mother are doing fine at WakeMed, Thorpe said.


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  • CarolinaGirl Jun 30, 2008

    Trooper Thorpe is a fine example of the MAJORITY of the Troopers on our Highway Patrol. Thank you WRAL for actually covering this story.

  • Jimmy187 Jun 30, 2008

    I am surprised that wral covers stories that place police officers in a good light.

  • Bradley07 Jun 30, 2008

    Boy its refreshing to hear some GOOD news for a change!!! Way to go Trooper Thorpe :-)

  • momof3inNC Jun 30, 2008

    Sounds like he played 'catch' rather than 'delivering' the baby!! but great job!! also --- I believe the story said he was flagged down, not that he pulled the couple over.

  • GetRight Jun 30, 2008

    Way to go Trooper Thorpe!!! What a cool story to add to your repertoire of LEO experiences. You are a credit to the NCSHP!!! Thank you!!!

  • 2SWEETBOYS Jun 30, 2008

    I also agree with your comment (redwarrior), Trooper David Shawn Blanton~ Trooper of the Year!

  • pulstar40 Jun 30, 2008

    I hope the person he pulled over got off with a "warning" in the spirit of the wonderful moment. LOL.

  • 123sunshine Jun 30, 2008

    Yes, it was Trooper Thorpe who preformed CPR in May.

  • 123sunshine Jun 30, 2008

    When you do something wrong, it makes front page news, and is Monday-morning quarterbacked to death. Then when something good is done, you may get a pat on the back.
    I appreciate all that law enforcement do, everyday!!
    An extra special thank you Trooper Thorpe for being in the right place at the right time and having the ability to help.

  • ratherbnnc Jun 30, 2008

    Wasnt Trooper Thorpe the same trooper who saved someones life who had a heart attack on US70 not too long ago? I think this is the same one.