Both mom and baby boy are doing fine after the officers's subway heroics

By Andrea Billups
December 26, 2014 10:45 AM

It was a very special Christmas for two transit police officers in Philadelphia who sprang into action to help an expectant mother deliver a baby boy – on a subway train.

By the time Sgt. Daniel Caban and Officer Dorrell James climbed onto the Market Frankford line train as it pulled into 15th Street Station around 6 p.m. on Christmas Day, the mother was more than ready to give birth, CBS News reported.

“As soon as we got there, I could see the baby’s head coming through her sweatpants, and we just went right to work,” Caban said in the video above about the timing.

He had not planned on ending the holiday as a hero. “I was hoping for a quiet day, but this is worth it,” Caban said. “This is what our job is about.”

Both Caban and James are fathers themselves and rose to the occasion to make it a very merry Christmas for the new mom, who was taken along with her newborn to Hahnemann University Hospital for observation.

“Both the baby and mother are doing fine,” Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority spokeswoman Kristin Geiger told CBS.

The birth and the officers’s heroics did not escape their boss, SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III. He shared the joyful news and took to Twitter to praise their quick thinking – and in a gesture of holiday goodwill, waived the newborn baby boy’s fare.

“Transit Police SGT and PO deliver baby on Market Frankford El train!!!! WOOHOO!!! Now that’s a Christmas gift!!!” Nestel Tweeted, adding: “For those that have asked, I have waived today’s fare for our newest rider.”