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Adel Police Officers receive commendation for assisting with delivery of baby

(L-R) Major Audie Rowe, Officer Michael Mapes, and Sergeant Shawn Luke.

Two of Adel’s finest, Sergeant Shawn Luke and Officer Michael Mapes, both received commendations and a “child delivery” citation bar for their actions recently in assisting with the delivery of a baby at a local residence.

Major Audie Rowe, spokesman for the agency, said that on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, at 5:17 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of Birch Street in reference to a female having labor pains.

Rowe said that when the officers arrived, it was immediately apparent that the female was in full labor and that time was of the essence for the safety and well-being of both the mother and child.

“Because of Sergeant Luke’s and Officer Mapes’ commitment to train, and their devotion to protect and serve the citizens of Adel, they took immediate action and delivered the baby, a 3 pound – 9 ounce baby girl,” said Major Rowe.  

Major Rowe noted that the professionalism of these two officers embodies the highest tradition of the Adel Police Department and commended them for their hard work and dedication.

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