Oh baby! What a night for two Fullerton Police Department officers


Just before midnight Tuesday, two Fullerton Police Department officers were dispatched to Euclid Street and Bastanchury Road.

But unlike most police calls in the middle of night, this call for service had a very happy ending.

A pregnant woman from La Habra whose husband was zipping her to St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton just couldn’t wait any longer.

“She started saying that she felt like she was having the contractions close together so we were rushing to St. Jude’s and she just, like, ‘It’s coming! It’s coming!’” the father, Brad Sanchez, told OnScene TV.

“So I pulled over and called 911 and parked (the car) and…he came out.”

Fullerton Police Cpl. Joe Torres and Officer Lloyd White were dispatched to the scene at 11:53 p.m. on a departmental assist for Fullerton Fire.

The officers arrived as the baby was being delivered and assisted Sanchez and the mother, Sangianna Odaly, and the baby — ensuring that mom and baby were not in distress.

Sanchez had taken off his shirt to cover the newborn and his wife.

“It was freezing,” he recalled in an interview Wednesday morning.

Torres found a heavy wool sweater in the Acura RSX to keep mom and baby warm.

Fullerton Fire arrived about five minutes later to transport the family to St. Jude.

Before the happy family was whisked away, Torres offered to take a photo of them since the new parents didn’t have a camera with them.

Torres later emailed the photos to the parents.

White, meanwhile, drove the parents’ car to St. Jude so mom and dad could go together to the hospital in the back of an ambulance with their newborn.

“That was really kind of him,” Sanchez said.

The couple, who were married two months ago, have another son, Kai, 7.

Both mother and baby were doing fine Wednesday morning and sleeping, said Sanchez, a machinist.

The newborn baby, Kru, arrived at 6 ½ pounds and 20 inches.

“These officers absolutely went above and beyond the call of duty,” Sanchez said. “We were frantic, and their sense of calm and professionalism is probably what I’m most grateful for.”