Last month, Legislator Fleming proudly presented a proclamation to Officer Grace Peterson, who was joined by her family for her heroic efforts.
On the evening of April 20th, 2022, Officer Peterson had been on duty in Northwest Woods assisting a woman with a broken arm when she received a call that a woman was going into labor at her house. She found her colleague, Lieutenant Toia placing an oxygen mask on the mother giving birth. The mother was in pain and began to go into the last stage of labor when Officer Peterson arrived. Instincts quickly set in for Officer Peterson, and she took charge, recalling some of her childbirth training from 19 years ago and also remembering certain procedures as a mother of two herself. On the spot, she kept calm and assured the mother that she and her child would be okay.
Officer Peterson successfully helped deliver the baby. However, the baby wasn’t breathing as the umbilical cord was wrapped around the neck. Officer Peterson swiftly unwrapped the cord and put her fingers in the baby’s mouth to clear out fluid with a suction device. The baby was revived and is healthy and thriving today. Because of her brave and swift actions, Officer Peterson was able to ensure the safety of the mother and newborn.
Featured: Leg. Fleming with Officer Grace Peterson and family