Cops arrive in nick of time to deliver baby boy in Shirley


Four Suffolk cops are being commended this week for their roles in safely delivering a baby boy last weekend during an emergency call at a Shirley home. For one of the police officers, it marked at least the fourth time he’s delivered a baby under such circumstances.

On Saturday, Seventh Precinct Officer Conor Diemer responded to a 911 call at 10:13 a.m. of a woman going into labor at her residence on Arpage Drive.

When the officer arrived, the woman, Rebecca Reyes, 31, told him she felt that her baby was coming out. Diemer laid her down in the living room, and soon Sgt. Jon-Erik Negron and Officers Jadin Rodriguez and Zachary Vormittag also responded to the home.

Meanwhile, the child’s father, Juan Maldonado, 46, returned home in time to hold Reyes’ head as she delivered their baby boy Owen about 10:25 a.m. — barely 12 minutes after the 911 call was initiated. It was at least the fourth time that Negron has been involved in the safe delivery of a baby.

A Shirley Community Ambulance team came shortly after Owen’s birth and cut the umbilical cord before taking Reyes and her baby to Stony Brook University Hospital.