During his 11 years with the North Vernon Police Department, Sgt. Keith Messer never had a call quite like this one.
Early Tuesday, Messer responded to a call in the 300 block of Hoosier Street for a pregnant woman who called 911 saying she was going into labor.
Oh, Messer has answered similar calls before, but not one that ended quite like this one.
Katie Skelton’s water broke just minutes before Messer arrived. The dispatched ambulance was nowhere in sight.
With her contractions only a few minutes apart, it was time to deliver the baby, Skelton, a mother of two, assured him.
“It didn’t really dawn on me what I was actually getting involved in,” Messer said. “I think I was more concerned about the safety and welfare of the baby and mom.”
Skelton, 22, had been to the doctor Monday — her due date — after having contractions. She was told to go home and return Tuesday morning to induce labor. Her
contractions grew more intense during the night, and she called 911 around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday.
When Messer, the father of two sons, arrived, Skelton told him she needed to start pushing.
“He was coming,” Skelton said.
After laying a blanket and towels on the living room floor, her husband, Robbie, 24, tried to keep their two other children — ages 2 and 3 — from bugging mommy.
They awakened after hearing their mom scream.
“(My husband) was trying to be supportive at the same time, holding my hand,” Skelton said.
Within two minutes, Brantlee Wade greeted the world.
“To me it seemed it was forever,” Messer said with a laugh.
Despite the chaos, Skelton said Messer seemed quite calm through it all.
“It went really quick,” she said.
“The baby came out and started crying as soon as he was born,” Messer added.
Messer wrapped up the 8-pound, 7-ounce baby boy for Skelton to hold. He appeared to be healthy by the way he acted, Messer said.
As soon as Brantlee was on his mother’s chest, a Rescue 20 ambulance arrived and took mother and son to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.
Skelton said she couldn’t be happier with her delivery and her new baby.
“He’s perfect,” Skelton said with a smile on Thursday morning, just a few hours away from taking Brantlee home from the hospital.
Skelton joked that with so many people finding out about her home delivery, her son is already kind of famous.
“I just hope that mom and the baby are doing well,” Messer said Thursday.
Messer was assisted on the scene by North Vernon officers Todd Beam and Justin Black and the North Vernon Fire Department.