GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) (5/6/2019) - "He's amazing. Oh he's the sweetest thing in the whole world," Mom Jennifer Eckstein said. "He's wonderful. He's very very good!"
Gabriel Eckstein was actually due May 5th; but, he decided to arrive two months and two days ago instead.
"Two months ago I woke up, got in the shower to get ready for work and I stepped out of the shower in full fledged labor," Eckstein explained.
At just 32 weeks, she was about to meet her first child.
Mom Jennifer Eckstein said she called 9-1-1. That's when Genesee County Sheriff's Paramedic Larisa Sloan showed up.
"We put her in the ambulance, started transporting her to the hospital. And, he was born en route on the way to the hospital," she said.
Eckstein added, "I remember yelling, 'Is he breathing? Is he breathing?' And, he was perfect. And, we got the hospital and everything was great."
Eckstein just found out Monday that her baby boy was born in the amniotic sac, a rare complication that could've taken his life.
Deputy Sloan explained, "My first thought was I don't think it's supposed to look like that. You know, still in the amniotic sac. But, my second thought was I've got to get him out. So, I ruptured it and it was fine."
"I mean gosh, if anything had gone wrong or anything happened to him, you know, so I'm very very grateful. She's a wonderful woman," Eckstein said.
For her quick-thinking, bravery and life-saving efforts, the Optimist Club of Downtown Flint named Deputy Sloan an 'Officer of the Year'.
Eckstein's family gifted their hero with an award too.
"It's a little awkward to be put on the spot for something you just go to work to do. You know, you go to work everyday and do your job," she said.
But Deputy Sloan added, it's nice to be appreciated, especially for such a positive call.
"You know people call 9-1-1 when they're having an emergency; and usually, that's because things aren't going well. And -- but this went perfect. It was nice to have a happy outcome!" she said.
The Optimist Club of Downtown Flint also honored nine other officers, including Sgt. Kristopher Jones, Officers John Boismier, Rod Hall, Al Essix, James Wheeler Quion Wheeler and D/Sgt. David Hanson, of the Flint Police Department; D/Tpr. Jonathan Miller and D/Sgt. Bill Jennings of the Michigan State Police.