Time is a Flat Circle: New Jersey Trooper Pulls Over Retired Officer who Delivered Him

Kingwood Township, New Jersey - A New Jersey State Trooper had an unusual encounter while on the job recently. 

On Friday Trooper Michael Patterson stopped Matthew Bailly for a minor motor vehicle violation in Kingwood Township, New Jersey State Police wrote on their Facebook page. During the initial conversation, Bailly told Patterson that he was a retired Piscataway police officer. Patterson, being a Piscataway native, told Bailly that he is from the same town.

Bailly asked Trooper Patterson where he used to live. When Trooper Patterson told him that he grew up on Poe Place, Mr. 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," officials wrote. "Trooper Patterson extended his hand and replied, 'My name is Michael Patterson, sir. Thank you for delivering me.'

Bailly had four years on the job when he responded to a home on Poe Place in Piscataway. The date was October 5, 1991. Trooper Patterson’s mother, Karen Patterson, was out shopping when she went into labor. She barely made it home. Bobby Patterson, Trooper Patterson’s father, rushed outside, picked up his wife, and carried her inside the house.

He then called the doctor who talked Bailly through the birth. 

Trooper Patterson, Bailly, and both of their families were "ecstatic" about the reunion, officials wrote.


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