When Trooper Patterson told him that he grew up on Poe Place, Mr. Bailly said that he remembered that street, because he helped deliver a baby there 27-years-ago when he was a rookie cop.
Trooper Michael Patterson pulled over former cop Matthew Bailly for a tinted window violation in Kingwood Township on Friday.
Patterson soon found out Michael Bailly was a retired cop from Piscataway, where Patterson grew up.
Bailly was on duty in Piscataway 27 years ago when he was called to the home of Karen Patterson, who had gone into labor.
The experience left such an indelible mark on Bailly, who at the time had four years on the job, that he even recalled the color and style of the house and the baby's name - Michael. "So I extended my hand and I said, 'Sir, my name is Michael Patterson". Officer Bailly got instructions on how to deliver the baby thanks to a doctor on the phone.
It turns out that Bailly responded to a call on October 5, 1991 because Patterson's mother, Karen, had been out shopping when she went into labor.
A doctor talked Baily, the officer who got the call, through the delivery.
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After last week's chance encounter, the trooper and his mom visited Bailly and his wife at their home.
"His mouth dropped - and so did mine", Patterson told reporters Thursday. But once Patterson discovered who he was speaking to, he gave Bailly a warning and let him off without a ticket.
After that revelation about their connection, Patterson delivered Bailly a first-class handshake instead of a summons.
Needless to say, Patterson did not wind up giving Bailly a ticket.
They started talking and Bailly said he was a retired Piscataway police officer.
"Bailly said that he remembered that street, because he helped deliver a baby there 27 years ago when he was a rookie cop", NJSP wrote on Facebook. Bobby Patterson, the trooper's father, "rushed outside, picked up his wife, and carried her inside the house". They wanted others to hear the incredible story, so they shared the photos with the state police. After all, as a police officer, you don't always get a chance to have a moment like this with people you once helped in your career!