Sheriff's Officer Rescues Pregnant Mom From Snowstorm PDF Print E-mail

West Orange – An expectant mother was rescued from her incapacitated car during today’s icy snowstorm by an Essex County sheriff’s detective and was safely transported to Saint Barnabas Medical Center where she delivered twin sons.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that Detective Joseph Stivalo from the sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management on weather patrol came upon a Dodge Magnum that had lost traction on a hilly stretch of road at Northfield and Gregory Avenues. The vehicle contained Carla Henriques, age 27, of Kearny along with her husband, Miguel, her 6-year-old son and her mother-in-law.

Sheriff Fontoura said that at the time of the incident Mrs. Henriques was experiencing labor pains. “Rather than wait for an ambulance we took matters into our own hands,” the sheriff noted. “This is what emergency management is all about.”

Detective Stivalo placed Mrs. Henriques in his emergency management SUV with the two other family members while Mr. Henriques stayed with his car.

“Fortunately, we made good time getting to the hospital,” Stivalo said. “I was prepared to deliver the children if I had to. That’s part of our training. I guess I’m an honorary uncle.”