Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Police officer stops ex-cop who delivered him 27 years ago

Police officer stops ex-cop who delivered him 27 years ago

Trooper Michael Patterson pulled over former cop Matthew Bailly for a tinted window violation in Kingwood Township on Friday. Paterson soon learned that Bailly was a retired cop from Piscataway, New Jersey, where Patterson grew up.

On that fateful day 27 years ago, Bailly rushed to the home where Patterson's mother Karen Patterson had just returned from a shopping trip and suddenly went into labor.

As the men talked, Bailly told the young trooper he had delivered a baby there 27-years-ago.

"My name is Michael Patterson, sir", Patterson told the man. "Thank you for delivering me". "He was even able to describe the color, style of house, and the baby's name, Michael".

Last week, New Jersey State Trooper Michael Patterson pulled over Matthew Bailly on a minor traffic stop in Kingwood Township, about 40 miles north of Philadelphia, the state police said on their Facebook page.

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A Facebook post about the chance meeting has amassed nearly 9,000 shares but the main question on people's minds was - did Mr Patterson issue Mr Bailly a ticket?

"We're not sure what the odds are of this happening-maybe they're close to the odds of a hole-in-one, winning the lottery, or being struck by lightning-but it happened", New Jersey State Police wrote on Facebook. Officer Bailly got instructions on how to deliver the baby thanks to a doctor on the phone. She barely made it home. Patterson is from Poe Place, for Bailly, that name rang a bell.

A New Jersey State Trooper had an unusual encounter while on the job recently. Their history begins on October 5, 1991, when Michael's mom couldn't get to the hospital in time. The state trooper and the cop who delivered him took more photos together to mark the occasion.

The reunion didn't stop on the side of the road in Kingswood as Patterson brought his mother to meet Bailly and his wife at their home.

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