On December 6, 2013, Officers Clay and Cruz were assigned to a school crossing at Granville and Fairfield when they were approached by frantic citizen who relayed that a woman down the street was in active labor. The officers immediately radioed for EMS and ran to the woman’s location. On scene, the officers found that not only was the woman in labor, but the baby was crowning.
Officer Clay put on some rubber gloves and went to work while Officer Cruz held back the crowd of onlookers. A citizen had called 911 and held the phone as the operator calmly guided Officers Clay and Cruz through the delivery process. Before the ambulance arrived, the officers had already delivered the baby boy. They quickly wrapped the newborn with towels and blankets provided by citizens and monitored the baby until the arrival of the CFD.
Due to the quick response, teamwork and professionalism exhibited by the two officers and the fire communications operator, the mother and baby will were transported in excellent condition to the hospital. They will certainly have an exciting story to tell.
P.O. Gloria Clay began her career with the Chicago Police Department in 2006. Upon graduating from the Training Academy, she was assigned to midnights in the 024th District. A year later she moved to the afternoon shift in 024. Officer Clay is married and is the very proud mother of two – son Darnell (22) who is serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and daughter Diniah (10) who she spends every free moment with. P. O. Clay is very grateful to the CPD Memorial Foundation for this honor.
P.O. Wilfredo A Cruz, following service with the U.S. Marine Corps, began his career with the Chicago Police Department in 2003 in the 010th District. Since then, he has worked in the 019th District, Area 3 Saturation and is proud to call the 024th District his new home.