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State trooper delivers baby outside Mass. General

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Heidi Cheerman was on her way yo Mass. General Hospital to give birth when she realized the baby wasn’t going to wait.

Cheerman and her husband Andrew had made it all the way in to Charles Circle on the Longfellow Bridge when baby Alanna started to make her entrance.

“I had a contraction and I actually felt her coming, and there was nothing I could do even though mass general was only a couple blocks away,” Cheerman said.

Trooper Michael Close was working a detail that morning when he saw the car pulled over on the side of the road.

“A woman came out of the car and she was screaming for help so as I approached her she was yelling that she was having a baby,” Close said. “At that time I saw the baby's head had already breached so I ran back to car to get my medical bag.”

Close said this was his first roadside delivery in 14 years on the job.

“My wife and I have had two children ourselves, and I told my wife before I wanted to pay attention in case this ever happens because we’re the first responders. Sure enough I paid enough attention here to help out,” he said.

The Cheermans are thankful he paid attention and so is little Alanna, even if she doesn't know it yet.
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