Brentwood Police Officer Lori Hayes and her fiance, John Russ with Brentwood Fire and Rescue, responded to the call.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -
A Franklin family is celebrating the birth of a baby boy born on the side of Interstate 65.
Greg and Shannon Pope were on their way to Centennial Medical Center last Thursday morning when the expectant mother realized she wasn't going to make it to the hospital.
"I kept telling him to drive faster and he said he was already doing 70, but there were cars passing us," said Shannon.
Her water broke and Greg stopped the car just past the Concord Road exit. While pulling over, he was dialing 911.
Brentwood police officer Lori Hayes and her fiance, John Russ, with Brentwood Fire and Rescue, were having lunch when Russ got the call.
Both responded separately. Officer Hayes arrived first on the scene to wait with Shannon.
"I don't think I've ever been [happier] to see him in over three and a half years together than to see him running from that fire truck back to their car. Just as they got there she's ready to push and I'm thinking, ‘Oh God don't push, please don't push," Hayes told News 2.
Officer Hayes held Shannon's hand while Russ helped deliver the baby, which was born at 11:53 a.m., less than a minute after he arrived.
Atticus Wilder Pope weighed in at 9 pounds, 2 ounces and is happy and healthy.
The couple, who already has six children ranging in age from two to 16, chose the middle name Wilder, which means uncontrolled. They thought it fit the little boy's entrance into the world.