NJ cop meets retired officer who helped deliver him during traffic stop

Routine traffic stop turned into reunion

Rachel Kurland
June 07, 2018 - 10:02 am
Trooper Michael Patterson pulled over Matthew Bailly, who turned out to be the retired officer who helped deliver him 27 years ago.

New Jersey State Police via Facebook


KINGWOOD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — When you get pulled over for a routine traffic stop, probably the last thing you'd expect is to encounter someone you know.

So it came as a surprise to Matthew Bailly to discover the cop who pulled him over was the boy he helped deliver 27 years ago.

On June 1, Trooper Michael Patterson pulled over Bailly for a minor motor vehicle violation. Bailly mentioned he was a retired Piscataway police officer — the same town where Patterson grew up.

The two got to talking, and Patterson told Bailly he grew up on Poe Place.

"Bailly said that he remembered that street, because he helped deliver a baby there 27 years ago when he was a rookie cop. He was even able to describe the color, style of house, and the baby’s name, Michael," read a New Jersey State Police Facebook post.

Patterson replied, "My name is Michael Patterson, sir. Thank you for delivering me."

"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," continued the Facebook post.

Patterson's mother, Karen, was out shopping when she went into labor on Oct. 5, 1991. She made it home just in time, where Patterson's father, Bobby, carried her into the house and called the doctor, who talked Bailly through the delivery.

After the traffic stop reunion, Patterson and his mother met up again with Bailly at their home.