Little baby Makenli Benton didn’t think being born on 12-12-12 was exciting enough so she decided to spice it up a bit—just ask grandma.
“We were very nervous, excited but scared,” said Makenli’s grandma Candy Williams.
“My oldest daughter Megan said, ‘Mom, they (the contractions) are 45-seconds apart,’” said Williams. “So she flagged down a police officer.”
Plainfield police officer Javier Casas had no idea what he was rolling up to.
“The passenger was giving birth so she was screaming quite loudly and the driver was quite excited,” said Casas. “I made her comfortable, propped her head and waited for Plainfield Fire to arrive on the scene.”
Makala was happy to see him.
“He just started acting like my doctor,” Makala said. “I mean it was amazing. He was helping me with my breathing. He checked me and got the ambulance there and stopped traffic for me.”
Plainfield firefighter Emily Marchand knew time was running out.
“There’s a lot of adrenaline,” said Marchand. “You just try to keep the mom calm. Baby was born probably five minutes after we left the scene and one minute before we got to the hospital the baby was born.”
Jim Holliday was the Plainfield firefighter at the wheel of that ambulance.
“It’s probably not the mother’s ideal way of seeing her child come into the world in the back of a truck but it happens,” said Holliday.
Little Makenli is taking it all in stride and has been napping most of this first day of her life. As for grandma, she’s pretty happy.
“Just thankful they’re both fine and healthy,” said Williams.