CRANFORD - A Cranford police officer is being honored for his help in making a special delivery.

Officer Nelson Hearns, an 11-year veteran of the department, was called to a home on James Avenue Sunday morning on a report of a pregnant woman who had passed out, according to Cranford police officials.

Hearns arrived at the home to find 31-year-old Jody Copier awake and in labor. Copier’s husband Scott Kraft was also at the home.

Cranford police say the officer quickly noted that the baby’s feet were presenting first, indicating an imminent breech birth. He helped reassure and position the mother while the baby delivered. Kace Kraft was born at 9:11am, weighing in at 4 pounds 1 ounce.

Mother and baby were both taken to Saint Barnabas Medical Center by first responders. The father says both are doing well.

The couple decided to recognize Hearn’s efforts by giving Kace the middle name Nelson. 
 “It’s an honor and a blessing to be part of something special in their lives,” Hearns said.