Trooper Stops Retired Police Officer Who Delivered Him 27 Years Ago


On Friday, June 1, New Jersey Police Department’s Facebook group reports, Trooper Michael Patterson stopped Matthew Bailly for a minor motor vehicle violation in Kingwood Township. During the initial conversation, Mr. Bailly told Trooper Patterson that he was a retired Piscataway police officer. Trooper Patterson, being a Piscataway native, told Mr. Bailly that he is from the same town. Now here’s where things get interesting…

Mr. Bailly asked Trooper Patterson where he used to live. When Trooper Patterson told him that he grew up on Poe Place, Mr. Bailly said that he remembered that street, because he helped deliver a baby there 27 years ago when he was a rookie cop. He was even able to describe the color, style of house, and the baby’s name, Michael.

Trooper Patterson extended his hand and replied, “My name is Michael Patterson, sir. Thank you for delivering me.”

Whatever the odds were, it happened. Trooper Michael Patterson stopped the police officer who delivered him 27 years ago in Piscataway. Mr. Bailly had four years on the job when he responded to a home on Poe Place in Piscataway. The date was October 5, 1991. Trooper Patterson’s mother, Karen Patterson, was out shopping when she went into labor. She barely made it home. Bobby Patterson, Trooper Patterson’s father, rushed outside, picked up his wife, and carried her inside the house. He then called the doctor who talked Officer Bailly through the birth.

Needless to say, Trooper Patterson, Matthew Bailly, and both of their families were ecstatic about the reunion.

So, Trooper Patterson and his mother visited Mr. Bailly and his wife at their home where they took these photos! They all felt this story was so uplifting, it needed to be shared, and we agree! After all, 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! Read more.



  1. Bottom line, did he issue the summons? If not, is it legal? Are summonses the officer’s personal discretion????

    • Of course he didn’t. Police don’t give each summons.

      They even give out “courtesy cards” to their friends and families to make sure they don’t get tickets either. No matter how dangerously they were driving.

      • i used one once i got from a friend of the sheriff, and it worked! – only good for one use, they didnt give it to me back!

    • Depending on the severity and circumstances of the offense, a police officer has the power to decide if he should issue a summons or let the person off with a warning.

    • I was thinking the same thing. Did he get the ticket or not?
      Remember, it’s all about “Gotcha”. The State has to double tax the dumb stupid gullible taxpayer in order to fill the State coffers.

    • Yes, because their very job is to protect us and they often do at great personal risk to themselves. This doesn’t mean that they are perfect and I, for one, can’t stand the way they set up ticket traps at confusing streets for motorists who had no intention of violating any vehicular laws, but I still respect them for the overall good job they do.

  2. Educate educate educate. Know your rights. Don’t admit anything to an officer. Don’t incriminate yourself. Don’t open your window more than a crack. You can give him your paperwork thru the crack. Don’t EVER allow him to “have a look” in your car or trunk. They MUST have a warrant. Save your drashas for court. Don’t give him any heads up. Cops are not G-d. They are generally miserable people stuck in a job they hate.
    Am I free to go?


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