- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - Expecting to write a ticket for speeding, an Alabama State Trooper ended up helping a woman give birth.

Danny Lowe, of Huntsville, said he was driving his pregnant wife, Shawna, to an Athens hospital Sunday morning when he was pulled over by Trooper Michael Kesler for speeding, news outlets reported.

While being questioned, Shawna Lowe began going into labor, and the two men helped her deliver a baby boy along U.S. 72.

“He was awesome,” Danny Lowe said of the trooper. “He settled me down.”

After delivering the baby, Kesler helped clean the baby and keep mom and her newborn son warm until an ambulance arrived.

Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said in a news release that Kesler also helped take stress off the family by coordinating with the mother’s doctor and ambulance personnel.

Kesler later joined the family at the hospital and gave them flowers, cupcakes and a starter kit for new parents.

“Trooper Kesler’s actions today exemplify the mission of the Alabama State Troopers - to serve and protect,” Collier said.

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