Police officers are often called upon to save lives but rarely to welcome them into the world.
On July 17, Constable Jacqueline Trimble, of 43 Division, did just that, delivering a baby.
While at Centenary hospital emergency department with her partner – Constable Julie Rowe – waiting with a person in a mental health crisis to be triaged, she noticed a man emerge from a car that came to an abrupt stop in front of the emergency room, yelling for help.
“At first, I thought the call for was for someone with a gunshot wound, but then he yelled, ‘My baby’, and I saw a woman in the front passenger seat holding her stomach,” recalled Trimble, who has been with the Service for 20 years. “I had on gloves, so I went right to work.”
With the top of the baby’s head visible, Trimble gently grabbed it and gradually pulled the toddler out.
“The dad was saying, ‘My boy’ and I told him ‘it’s a girl’,” said Trimble. “He seemed quite happy with the gender as the couple already has a son.”
This was the first time that Trimble, who has three children, has delivered a baby.
“It was quite the experience,” she said.
Trimble was able to visit with the family when they were settled into a room after being seen by medical staff.