In addition to his normal duties as a police officer, Noah Wooten can add delivering a baby.
The Leavenworth police officer recently assisted in delivering a baby in the parking lot of Cushing Memorial Hospital. However, Wooten credits the mother, Kacie Lee, with the delivery.
"They're both doing well," Wooten said of the mother and baby, whose name is Shelby.
The girl was born in the early morning hours of May 11.
Wooten said he was assisting with another case in the 1100 block of Fifth Avenue when heard a woman screaming.
He ran to the hospital parking lot where he found the mother, who was in a car.
Wooten said she was saying, "It's coming. Hurry, it's coming."
"You could tell she was in labor," he said.
Lee's husband was trying to get a wheelchair to the vehicle. Wooten told the father to go into the hospital to get help.
Wooten said the mother was unable to move to the wheelchair.
He started to deliver the baby. When hospital staff arrived, he began supporting the mother's head and shoulders as the baby was delivered.
"I just held her hand," Wooten said.
Wooten said he told Lee, "You're doing great. You're almost there. You're going to get through this."
Once Shelby was born, the baby was rushed inside by hospital staff.
"He was great," Lee said of Wooten.
She said the officer was coaching her as hospital staff delivered the baby.
Lee, who's a student at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, said she had been caught off guard by how quickly the child was born. Shelby is Lee's second child.
Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said Wooten, who's been with the Police Department for about 10 months, is doing an exceptional job.
"His colleagues, his supervisor, really speak very highly of him," Kitchens said.
Members of the Leavenworth Fire Department recently had a similar experience. But in their case, the baby was born before they arrived on the scene.
Walt Terron, who is the captain of the Fire Department crew that responded, said the call came in May 17 as a report of an active child birth. While firefighters were en route, it was radioed that the baby had been born.
"The hard part was done," firefighter Mike Minard said.
He was a member of the crew that responded to the call at 4203 Broadway Terrace. The crew included firefighters Andrew Yunghans and Nick Greenwood.
Firefighters cleaned the baby's nose and mouth. They also clamped the umbilical cord. Leavenworth County EMS personnel arrived on the scene.
Page 2 of 2 - Terron said the baby's father was allowed to cut the cord.
"We thought it proper to let dad cut it," Terron said.
He said firefighters receive medical training for these time of situations as part of their emergency medical technician training.
The mother and baby were taken to the hospital.