Fanwood Police Officer, Sgt. Marc Gottlick deliversFanwood's new resident,
Jamie Elizabeth Cole
FANWOOD — The newest Fanwood resident was brought into the world on Thursday with the help of local police after a borough woman went into labor in her La Grande Avenue home.
Sherry Cole, 39, said she watched TV and went to bed when a little after midnight on Thursday she began having intense contractions.
"They got really bad," she said. "I called my sister up to the bathroom and she told me not to push and called 911."
Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo said when officers arrived at Cole's home, the baby was already crowning.
Luckily, Fanwood Sergeant Mark Gottlick – a certified EMT who acts as the department's first aid instructor – was on duty and helped to safely deliver Cole's baby, Trigo said.
Jamie Elizabeth Cole was born just before 2 a.m., weighing seven pounds and measuring 19.5 inches long. The Coles were brought to Overlook Hospital in Summit by the Fanwood Rescue Squad.
"I couldn’t ask for better people to help," Cole said. "They knew just what they had to do, and I can't believe they got there so quickly. The baby would have been out minutes later. I was so happy and relieved."
Cole said her doctor at New York Presbyterian Hospital had seen her on Tuesday, her due date, and Wednesday, when she began feeling contractions, but felt her contractions were not close enough that she was ready to deliver.
"And with my son, I went through 15 hours of labor," Cole said. "Given that history, my doctor didn’t think it would be so quick."
Cole, her husband Joseph and their 17-month-old son moved to Fanwood a year ago from Queens. Cole said Fanwood police called the hospital later to make sure mom and baby were doing okay.
"We are both doing well, and now we're just enjoying her," Cole said.