SANTA CLARITA VALLEY, CA - Protect, serve, and deliver?
That's what Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy, Roger Bertola did after getting flagged down by a driver who led him to a pregnant woman about to give birth at a car wash.
Deputy Bertola helped the woman identified as Mariela, deliver a baby girl in the parking lot of the Canyon Country car wash in Santa Clarita Valley, about 30 miles north of Los Angeles.
Paramedics were called but weren't gonna make it in time.
"I told them that I had to push, and he was like, 'just try to hold it.' So I did, but then, I couldn't hold it anymore," Mariela said.
Ready or not, the baby was on its way to make a clean getaway when its head began to peep out.
That's when deputy Bertola had to step up and deliver the goods.
"Sure enough there it was, the baby was coming out. It was crowning, so I helped guide the baby out and deliver it," said Bertola.