Photo: Axl Erickson was born with the assistance of Middletown police officers.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ  – On Saturday January 28, 2017 at approximately 12:15p.m., officers from the Middletown Twp. Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call for a pregnant woman in need of assistance. The Middletown family had been driving to the hospital; however they were forced to pull over as the woman’s labor was progressing too quickly to make it in time. The husband pulled into the parking lot of the Comfort Inn, located at 750 State Route 35 in Middletown and called 9-1-1.

Patrolman Nicholas Manochio quickly arrived on scene and tended to the expecting mother, who was seated in the front passenger seat of the car. Corporal Ryan Riffert then arrived on scene as the baby was beginning to crown. The two officers then delivered the baby in the vehicle.

Kristen Erickson, with  Patrolman Nicholas Manochio and Corporal Ryan Riffert (left)


Shortly after the baby was born, Port Monmouth First Aid and Monoc Paramedics arrived and took over medical care and subsequently transported mother and baby to Riverview Medical Center.

The mother, Kristen Erickson and her newborn son, Axl, of Middletown, are both in good health. Mrs. Erickson extends her thanks and appreciation to the two officers.