Whether or not you believe in fate, this chance meeting between a New Jersey State Trooper and a retired police officer will definitely make you wonder, what are the odds?
Neither one knew it right away, but they had actually met once before, 27 years earlier.
It started out as a regular traffic stop.
According to the New Jersey State Police, Trooper Michael Patterson pulled Matthew Bailly over on June 1 in Kingwood Township, New Jersey.
As the two began to speak with each other, Bailly informed Patterson that he was a retired police officer.
Patterson learned that Bailly was a retired officer from the town he grew up in, Piscataway, New Jersey.
Continuing the conversation Bailly asked where in Piscataway the state trooper grew up. When Patterson told him the name of the street, the retired officer recalled a special moment in his career.
He told him he’d once delivered a baby on that street, called Michael. The Trooper replied:
“My name is Michael Patterson, sir. Thank you for delivering me.”
Twenty-seven years earlier, on October 5, 1991, Patterson’s mother, Karen Patterson was out when she went into labor. She rushed home, but didn’t have time to make it to the hospital.
Her baby was going to have to be born at her home on Poe Place in Piscataway.
Bailly responded to the Patterson’s call and with the help of Karen’s doctor via the phone, he delivered Michael inside the family’s home.
Their encounter was a fluke, but a welcome one.
Neither had seen each other since that October day in 1991.
Now, Michael was pulling Bailly over for a minor motor vehicle violation.
The two reunited again, this time without the threat of a ticket.
Neither family could believe the unexpected encounter. They later got together at Bailly’s home.
So, what are the odds of Michael pulling over the man who delivered him nearly three decades earlier?
“We’re not sure what the odds are of this happening—maybe they’re close to the odds of a hole-in-one, winning the lottery, or being struck by lightning—but it happened,” the state police wrote on Facebook.