State trooper in training helps deliver baby on I-94

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Welcome to the job, Garret Klein.

Just seven weeks into his field training as a Minnesota State Trooper, Probationary Trooper Klein helped deliver a baby on the side of Interstate 94 in Minneapolis on the 4th of July, the State Patrol said in an email news release.

He and his Field Training Officer Jonathan Lehman were called to the scene near the Lowry Hill Tunnel around 6:30 a.m. Monday.

When they got there, the mother's contractions were "just a minute apart," the release says. And not long after, the baby girl entered the world.

Klein learned how to deliver a baby during his time at the Minnesota State Patrol academy. He graduated in May.

This is the first time he and Lehman put their first responder training to use to help deliver a baby, the release says.

The Minneapolis Fire Department also responded to the scene, reports note.

"Dad is really the hero in all of this. He helped deliver the baby and cut the umbilical cord." Minneapolis Fire Capt. Matthew Keith told KSTP. "Dad was beaming with joy, and mom was tired, understandably.”

Mother and baby are reportedly doing well.

The State Patrol says troopers have assisted in three baby deliveries across the state this year.

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