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Baby WiltonWILTON — The Splash Car Wash parking lot in Wilton delivered something a lot more precious than a clean car on Tuesday. At 1:31 a.m., Officer Greg Phillipson, a seven-year veteran of the Wilton Police Department, delivered a baby boy, David Maxwell Paley, in the front seat of an SUV with the assistance of Officer Bob Barrett.

"We had all intentions of getting to the Danbury Hospital," said new mom and Stamford resident Donna Paley. "I just remember being in the car, and I was on the phone with the mid-wife and she was telling me to stay calm and not to push, and I kept thinking how the heck am I not going to push."

According Cary Paley, Donna's husband who was driving the car, he was trying to make it to Danbury Hospital but decided to pull into the Splash parking lot when Donna's contractions started to get longer.
"I was a little nervous. I mean there was no one around," said Cary Paley. "I was looking for the first thing that I saw where I could pull into. There weren't a lot of places to pull over at 1 a.m. in the morning. Thank God the "Splash" parking lot was open."

"I was a little nervous. I mean there was no one around," said Cary Paley. "I was looking for the first thing that I saw where I could pull into. There weren't a lot of places to pull over at 1 a.m. in the morning. Thank God the "Splash" parking lot was open."

According to Donna Paley, the midwife told her to hang up the phone and call 911 after she pulled into the parking lot.

"Someone called the station and explained that a women was in labor in the Splash parking lot," said Capt. Michael Lombardo of the Wilton Police Department. "We got there as soon as we could, it's great that we could be a part of something so special."

The Wilton Police showed up almost instantly, said Donna Paley.

"I can't even tell you what happened, it went by so fast. It felt like less than 30 seconds before the cops and ambulances got to the parking lot," said Donna Paley. "They were all so calm and helpful, it was really amazing."


According to Sgt. Thomas Tunny, who was at the scene, the whole birth happened in less than a minute and everyone who was there did an excellent job.

"It was a very hectic scene, as you can imagine," said Sgt. Tunney. "The front seat of a car is a very small space to deliver a baby, but Officer Phillipson and Officer Barrett did a wonderful job."

According to Tunny, Phillipson opened the door to the car and the baby boy fell into his hands. There was an umbilical cord wrapped around the baby's neck which Phillipson removed without any problem, according to Tunney.

"I am so glad the police were there at that moment," said Donna Paley. "David literally popped right out into the officers hands. If he didn't catch him, he would have been on the floor."

According to Cary Paley all of the officers who were at the scene seemed to know exactly what they were doing.


"After the police showed up, I became calm," said Cary Paley. "It was really great they were there, and that they knew what to do."

According to police, the baby was born one minute after Phillipson, Tunney and other officers arrived to help.


"I remember one officer (Phillipson) who was delivering my baby was just so calm, collected and in control," said Donna Paley. "He said to me 'don't push, just relax.' I looked at him and asked if he had ever done this before. He looked at me and said 'no,' and I said 'me either.'


Donna Paley and her baby, David were then transported to the Norwalk Hospital.


"This is really pretty cool," said Lombardo. "Something like this doesn't happen often. It's wonderful."


According to Donna and Cary Paley, David Maxwell Paley is doing great and is in perfect health.


"I am happy that David was born with such wonderful men around him," said Donna Paley. "It's kind of neat. It will be a good story to tell him when he gets older."