New Jersey State Trooper stops retired officer who delivered him

A minor traffic stop brought the men together after nearly three decades

Trooper Michael Patterson pulled over retired Piscataway Police Officer Matthew Bailly on Friday in Kingswood. Paterson soon learned that Bailly was a retired cop from Piscataway, New Jersey, where Patterson grew up.

The experience left such an indelible mark on Bailly, who at the time had four years on the job, that he even recalled the color and style of the house and the baby's name - Michael.

"My name is Michael Patterson, sir", he told Bailly, extending his hand.

New Jersey State Police Department confirmed to the BBC that Mr Bailly had been stopped because of his vehicle's tinted windows.

"My name is Michael Patterson, sir". New Jersey State Police posted the photo on Facebook.

The trooper told him Poe Place - and memories flooded back for Bailly, who'd delivered a baby on that very street on October 5, 1991, when he was a rookie.

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When Patterson told him that he grew up on Poe Place, Bailly said that he remembered that street, because when he was a rookie cop, he helped deliver a baby there.

We're not sure what the odds are of this happening-maybe they're close to the odds of a hole-in-one, winning the lottery, or being struck by lightning-but it happened.

And with baby Michael unable to wait any longer, the young officer was guided through the delivery process by the doctor, who was still on the phone line.

Whatever the odds were, it happened.

In Oct. 5, 1991, Patterson's mother Karen had rushed home from shopping and found that she was in labor. Trooper Michael Patterson stopped the police officer who delivered him 27 years ago in Piscataway. She barely made it home. Her husband, Bobby, took her into the house and called police and their doctor. They wanted others to hear the awesome story, so they shared the photos with the state police. But what are the chances that you'll pull over the guy who helped give you life?

After their chance encounter 27 years later, the two men were so excited to meet up again that they arranged for a proper reunion of both families and Michael Patterson took his mom to visit Bailly and his wife at their home.

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