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A Christmas Miracle! Two SEPTA Officers Deliver Baby Aboard Train

By Mike Dougherty

PHILDELPHIA (CBS) - Two SEPTA transit cops gave the gift of life... literally, as they delivered a baby Thursday aboard the Market-Frankford El in Center City.

Sargent Daniel Caban says a passerby told him a woman was ready to give birth inside a subway car. He and Officer Dorrell James rushed downstairs to the platform at the 15th Street Station.

"As soon as we got there, I could see the baby's head coming through her sweatpants, and we just went right to work," Caban tells KYW Newsradio.

You never really know what to expect for a day on the job, do you?

"I was hoping for a quiet day, but this is worth it," Caban says. "This is what our job about."

Officer James says he'll never forget this:

"Just a good Christmas, you know. I know it's definitely a good Christmas for that family."

James, also a father, says the delivery went as well as he could have hoped.

Both the mother and her baby boy were taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The officers visited the mother and her baby Friday morning.  During the visit, SEPTA says the mother told the officers that she named the baby Chris, like Christmas.

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