Deputy Sturm helps deliver baby

A Sherburne County sheriff’s deputy assisted in the delivery of a baby girl Thursday morning shortly after 8 a.m. 

According to Sheriff Joel Brott, Kelli Mitchell of Elk River placed a 911 call at 7:56 a.m. while en route to the New River Medical Center in Monticello after she went into labor at her place of employment. 

Mitchell pulled over at the intersection of county roads 14 and 30 in Big Lake Township and was met by Deputy Aaron Sturm.  Within moments, the birthing process began and Sturm oversaw the successful delivery of the infant at 8:07 a.m. 

He is himself a new father with a six-month-old child, and was  impressed with how Mitchell handled herself.

“Considering the situation she was in, she did a fantastic job,” Sturm said. “To be on the side of the road giving birth unexpectedly with a sheriff’s deputy instead of a doctor, she did amazingly well.” 

Paramedics from New River Ambulance arrived a short time later and transported the mother and child to New River Medical Center. 

The child was named Kaelin, and she came into the world weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce. The girl is Jon and Kelli Mitchell’s second child. 

“I will be forever tied to Kaelin, and Kelli and Jon,” Sturm said. “They will always be part of my life. That’s kind of cool.”