Elk Rapids has been in the national news recently, so tonight I spoke with Elk Rapids Police Officer Mike Courson about delivering a baby during our recent blizzard. He provided details and insight into this remarkable event.
Officer Courson was on duty the night of the blizzard. Except for the unusual weather, all was normal until just after 2 a.m. when a call from dispatch alerted him that a car was headed south from Eastport with a woman on board about to give birth.
The Elk Rapids primary ambulance was out on a run, so the call went out for the backup ambulance. Meanwhile Officer Courson headed north on U.S. 31 and rendezvoused with the car at the Quarterline Road intersection. It turns out that he got there just in time to deliver the baby at 2:19 a.m. It was that quick. Shortly thereafter, EMS personnel started arriving to assist, later taking the family to Munson Hospital
Mike Courson told me that he had never delivered a baby before, but that he had received helpful training as a medical first responder at the Police Academy, plus he is a fully licensed medical first responder. So he was the right man for the job.
Mike said that this was the happiest call he has received so late at night, and he is glad that the baby is healthy. We speculated a bit as to what the place of birth reads on the birth certificate – Car? Corner of U.S. 31 and Quarterline? Most likely Kewadin.
Congratulations to Officer Mike Courson for such a professional yet caring response to a family in need. Original posting