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OSP trooper escorts family to hospital just in time to welcome baby girl

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POLK COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A woman in Polk County made it to the hospital just in time to have her baby, thanks to the help of an Oregon State Police trooper.

Oregon State Police said Trooper Simpson was on a routine traffic stop on Highway 22 in Polk County on Saturday when a car pulled up alongside the patrol car and asked for assistance.

OSP said Lucas Slavens, who is a firefighter with the McMinnville Fire Department, was driving his wife to the hospital because she was in labor, but she didn’t think she was going to make it. 

The trooper escorted the Slavens’ car to Salem Health, where the delivery team was ready.

OSP said Sophie Johanna Slavens was born five minutes later.

Trooper Simpson, who is a dad himself, brought back a card and chocolates to the new parents. He also brought a Minnie Mouse for little Sophie.

OSP says they have officially deemed the Slavens part of the Oregon State Police family.

On Sunday, the family released the following statement: 

“We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Trooper Simpson for his quick actions to get us to the hospital safely. He went above and beyond to find a workable solution to an impossible and potentially dangerous situation. We’d also like to send accolades to the group of Salem Hospital providers and staff who were ready with a bed, waiting for us as we pulled up after the quick trip into Salem. We credit them all with making sure this ordeal was as successful as it was. Thank you so much, everyone!” 

“Lucas would also like to know if Trooper Simpson would be available as a chaperone for Sophie’s prom when the time comes.”

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