Michael Patterson, Matthew Bailly: Routine traffic stop becomes happy reunion.
It all came full circle for New Jersey State Trooper Michael Patterson during what appeared to be a routine traffic stop.
Patterson pulled over Matthew Bailly, a retired Piscataway police officer, for a minor infraction Friday in Kingwood Township. The two got to chatting and Patterson mentioned he was a Piscataway native. The current officer said he grew up on Poe Place and Bailly mentioned delivering a baby there.
“Trooper Patterson extended his hand and replied, ‘My name is Michael Patterson, sir. Thank you for delivering me,” New Jersey State Police wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday.
Bailly was four years into his career when he responded to the Poe Place home in October 1991. Patterson’s mom Karen was out shopping when she went into labor. She made it home and a doctor talked Bailly through the delivery.
Then 27 years later Patterson and Bailly crossed paths once more.
“We’re not sure what the odds are of this happening,” state police wrote, “maybe they’re close to the odds of a hole-in-one, winning the lottery, or being struck by lightning — but it happened.”
Patterson and his mother then paid a visit to Bailly and his wife as they all found the chance encounter uplifting.
“After all,” state police wrote, “as a police officer, you don’t always get a chance to have a moment like this with people you once helped in your career!”