NORTH FORK – Two Sheriff’s deputies working the French Fire, broke free from their patrol duties this morning to render aid to a woman who had just given birth in a parking lot on Road 200 in North Fork.
At around 10:20 a.m on Thursday, July 31, FOX 26 (KMPH, Fresno) contacted the Madera County Sheriff’s Office asking them to confirm information that a woman was giving birth in the parking lot of the Bass Fork Mini Mart.
The Sheriff’s Office immediately notified Lt. Tyson Pogue who, along with Detective Kristine Hawk, raced to the location. Roughly 20 minutes later, they called back, confirmed the report, happily announcing, “It’s a boy!”
With plans to see her doctor, the woman and her husband were headed to relatives to drop off their two children, when she suddenly went into labor.
Both Mom and Madera County’s newest citizen are reportedly doing fine. They were taken by ambulance to an area hospital. Before leaving, the family handed Detective Hawk their cell phone saying they had only one parting request – would she snap a picture of Mom, Dad and their newborn?
The Sheriff’s Office promises to keep everyone posted should the family decide to share that precious Kodak Moment.
As for Lt. Pogue, he just texted: “Best day ever!” He was also on time and ready to go for a meeting of cooperators on the French Fire at the Incident Command Post in North Fork at 11:00.