National Guard soldier helps deliver baby on the side of the road, finds an adoptive family

| July 31, 2020

U.S. Army Sgt. Leann Roggensack, a cannon crewmember assigned to Battle Group Poland, is awarded an Army Commendation Medal, by U.S. Army Lt. Col. Donny Hebel, Commander of Battle Group Poland, for her outstanding military professionalism and performance, at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, Dec. 28, 2018. (Sgt. Sarah Kirby/Army)

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By: Hannah Graf

Tennessee National Guard soldier Sgt. Leann Roggensack was driving home in the rain on May 27 when she noticed a car in her neighborhood was pulled over with the flashers on.

The 29-year-old initially drove past, as it was around 11 p.m. and she was alone. But she was compelled to turn around and see if the driver needed help.

What Roggensack saw when she pulled up was a new mother standing next to the vehicle, still attached via umbilical cord to her newborn son, who was lying on the pavement covered in blood. Immediately, Roggensack retrieved her phone, towels and an iPhone charger.

As a nurse with extensive experience helping mothers and babies, Roggensack knew what to do as she waited for EMTs to arrive.

While on the phone with emergency medical services, she used the iPhone charger to tie off the umbilical cord when the mother delivered the placenta. Roggensack wrapped the newborn in a towel and waited with the mother in the rain.

Despite her years of experience as a nurse and a cannon crewmember in the Tennessee Army National Guard, Roggensack said she had never encountered a situation like that. She was used to having medications, supplies and others around to help her in such dire moments, she said.

“I’ve never had that kind of adrenaline rush before,” Roggensack said. “I didn’t sleep for 48 hours after that.”

Bravo Zulu Sergeant Roggensack! Read the entire article here: Army Times

Amazing story. Thanks, Skippy.

Category: Bravo Zulu, First Responders, National Guard

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  1. Skippy says:

    Hooah !!!!!!!

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    Kudos, at the very least, to this quick-thinking nurse.

    Used the phone charger cord to tie off the umbilical? Improv is her middle name.

  3. 5th/77th FA says:

    BZ Troopette, improvise, adapt, overcome! The FIRST Cannon Cocking, Gun Bunny Nurse. I’d like to buy her a beverage…or 12! And a meal!

    She had to have chosen the Artillery (no surprise, all of the Combat Arms boil down to being Artillery of some sort, and you may as well be part of the King of Battle Forces). Surely the Army would not have just assigned a trained nurse to a gun crew…would they?

    Article wasn’t clear if the Baby was delivered in Tennessee or Poland. It’s obvious the award was made in Poland.

    Cool Article!

    • ninja says:


      Looks as if SGT Roggensack delivered the baby in the United States:

      “Tennessee National Guard soldier Sgt. Leann Roggensack was driving home in the rain on May 27 when she noticed a car in her neighborhood was pulled over with the flashers on.”

      And yes, the ninja family smiled when we read that she was Field Artillery…and thought instantly of you…our KoB..

      Salute to SGT Roggensack



      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Tanks ninja! Couldn’t make up my mind. The article was kinda vague and I read it thru 3 times. I lived off post in FRG and drove a 56 VW and a 55 Benz “thru my neighborhood” and what with all of the NG Round out Brigades, thought maybe she was in Poland. Long day and the caffine levels are low.

        Either way we are very proud of this one. She may even be a Tide AND a Dawg Fan. Even if she is a Vol, I’d still buy her a beverage…and a meal!


  4. 2banana says:

    Q: Why are you bringing an iPhone charger to a birth?

    A: Watch this.

  5. The Other Whitey says:

    Pretty damn cool!

  6. Green Thumb says:

    She deserves a Soldier’s Medal.

  7. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Bravo Zulu!!!

  8. Martinjmpr says:

    I wonder why the TN NG didn’t try to steer her into a medical unit? Surely they can use all the qualified nurses they can get?

    I’ve known lawyers in the civilian world who held a variety of jobs in the NG/Reserves (most of them enlisted) but the difference is that the military has all the lawyers it needs (in fact, the JAG corps is very competitive and they get a lot of applications for each slot) but I thought they were constantly understrength on nurses?

    • ninja says:

      Here is a recent picture of SGT Roggensack (April 2020), doing her part on the COVID-19 situation:

      “U.S Army Sgt. Leann Roggensack, a cannon crewmember assigned to the Military Medical Response Force (MMRF), administers a COVID-19 test at a medical testing site in Tullahoma, TN., April 19. In her civilian life, Roggensack is a registered nurse with St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN.”

      Maybe she chose to be FA versus Medical Corps?

      • SFC D says:

        I’m thinking artillery would be a hell of a stress relief tool for an RN. Kinda how MRS D feels about her 1911.

        • Mason says:

          There is definitely something to be said for picking an MOS totally different than your day job. UTA should at least be a little bit fun and not feel like a normal work day in less comfortable clothing.