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Police Officer Delivers Baby on Columbia Pike

by ARLnow.com May 24, 2012 at 11:05 am 5,078 61 Comments

An Arlington County police officer helped to deliver a baby while out on a traffic stop on Columbia Pike last night.

Corporal Steve Troyano had just pulled over a car on the 5300 block of Columbia Pike when a woman ran over and frantically requested the officer’s assistance for her pregnant sister, who was in labor in a nearby SUV. The officer used his radio to request paramedics, but when he arrived at the SUV the baby’s head was crowning and ready for delivery.

Corporal Troyano helped to deliver a healthy, 6 pound, 3 ounce baby girl at 6:41 p.m. He managed to unwrap the child’s umbilical cord from around her neck, then wrapped her in a towel until an ambulance arrived four minutes later.

“The family remains at the hospital at this time and has informed the Arlington County Police Department they will be using the middle name ‘Stephanie’ in honor of Corporal Troyano,” said police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. Corporal Troyano, an 11-year veteran of the department, said he acted instinctively to handle the situation.

“When I realized I would be delivering the baby in the backseat, my instincts took over,” he said.

As for the car Corporal Troyano pulled over, another officer was called the scene to assist with the traffic stop, Sternbeck said, but ultimately no ticket was issued.

  • Clarendon

    Awesome ! Give that officer a commendation.

    • brian

      They were <2 minutes away from Arlington Urgent Care Center

      • Douglas Parker

        The doctors in there are indifferent with the bed side manner of a fence post. You’ll sit around that place for an hour when it’s empy.

        I’d take my chances with the guy with the gun (police officer).

  • drax

    Cool story. But why does it require a police officer to deliver a baby?

    • HighViewPunk

      The sister sounded frantic. Maybe she would have pushed it back in?

      • drax

        I mean in general. The sister need not be so frantic, that’s all. Perhaps it was a first child though, that’ll scare you.

        • Maria

          Do you truly think you’d be all that calm if your sister was giving birth… in a car?

      • Aaron

        If a typical Arlington young woman can’t cook, what do you think she knows about birthing babies?

        • Jon


        • South ArlJD

          This happened in Southside, not among the hoi polloi of Northside. I’ll bet that young woman CAN cook. So there.

          • WeiQiang

            Those people ALWAYS know how to cook.

          • Hello, S. Arlington,

            Are you using hoi polloi correctly? Doesnt it mean the working class or the many?

          • jan

            it does

          • Aaron

            Law school does not certify someone as smart or even improve their ability to use terms derived from classical languages.

        • drax

          Yet cops know how to birth babies. Weird.

        • Tabby_TwoTone

          I don’t know if I’m typical but I can cook.

          I just don’t bother for most people.

  • Gabby

    Way to go! {Let’s see if all the ridiculous ACPD haters can lay off their tiresome comments on this story.}

    • Maria

      They’ll find a way.

  • lyle

    Another reason why the Pike needs a street car.

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      Best non-sequitur ever!

    • Tre


    • Dezlboy

      You mean a birthing car!

  • WeiQiang

    Nice, man. Congrats and best wishes.

  • how is “stephanie” a name in honor of a cop named “steve troyano?” *howls & runs into the woods*

    • Ballston

      It’s hard to name a daughter steve

      • Tabby_TwoTone

        I vote for Troy-anne.

        • drax

          What about “Novasteve?”

          • D'oh!

            Would be appropriate. I’m sure the baby came out crying.

          • Cry Cry Cry

            LOL!!!! HAHAHAHA oh man, thanks for the giggle [Directed to D’oh]

        • NothingFromNothing

          … but the baby wasn’t born in the back of pick-up truck. It was an SUV.

        • Nora

          should be Columbia

          • Tabby_TwoTone

            Troy-anna Trolley

      • Clarendon

        Stevie ? As in Stevie Nicks ?

    • lurker

      Stephanie or Stefanie is a female name that comes from the Greek name Στέφανος (Stephanos) meaning “crown”.[1] The male form is Stephen. Forms of Stephanie in other languages include the Italian, Czech, German, Polish, and Russian “Stefania” [2], the Portuguese Estefânia, and the Spanish Estefanía. The form Stéphanie is from the French language, but Stephanie is now widely used both in English- and Spanish-speaking cultures. Stephanie – (Greek) “Crowned one” Also, Stephania, Etienette, Stefa, Stefania, Stefanie, Stefanina, Steffie, Stepania, Stepanie, Stephana, Stevena, Teena, and Tiennette.[

      • Haha

        Teena? I think “Teena” is Greek for “crown of dollar bills worn on the upper thigh.”

    • Arlinguist

      In certain North Arlington dialects, “Trevor” is derived from the name Steven.

      • Taylor

        Funniest comment of the day — thanks!

  • “steveanie”

  • novasteve

    Oh noez, the county was deprived of revenues because a ticket wasn’t issued.

  • malaka

    That’s his baby-delivery-quota met for the month!

    • Aaron

      It’s not a quota, just an expected number of babies that need to be delivered in a set timeframe.

  • BluemontFred

    They should put a stork on his patrol car/motorcycle like the do when a medic unit delivers.

  • Jackson

    “Thank God they didn’t search the trunk!”

    –Luckiest bastard on the Pike driving away without a ticket

  • CrystalMikey

    Way to go Steve!

    • Natty

      GO SAFETY STEVE!!!!!!!!

  • Traffic Jammin

    Was this why westbound Columbia Pike was walled off yesterday evening by a firetruck, ambulance and five cop cars? Not complaining, just wondered what happened when I was driving through it.

    • ArLater

      Incase the expectant mother decided to sprint up into a tree to finish giving birth, they were ready for it!

    • Dezlboy


  • South Awwlington

    Feel good stories make me warm and fuzzy.

  • Josh S

    Great story. Congratulations and best wishes to all involved.

    “…the highest ideal of police work: helping someone in need at a vulnerable moment.”

    • jan

      thanks, Josh

  • SomeGuy

    “‘…my instincts took over,’ he said.”

    In all of the encounters I’ve had with a birth canal in the backseat of a car, my instinct was never to pull something out of it.

    Good thing Corporal Troyano followed the correct instinct, or this would be a much different story.

  • craig


  • Cry Cry Cry

    I wish I gave birth that fast. I was in labor for 19 hours.

    • drax

      This was a birth, not labor. Labor, as you know, leads up to birth.

  • ArlingtonWay

    Ane then promptly gave the baby a ticket for not wearing a seat belt.

  • joe Mc G

    did he have his toe socks on? inside joke

  • Michael H.

    Good job, Corporal Troyano!

  • Cyrus

    That’s what I call a sticky situation


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