On June 11, 2017, members of the Sarnia Police Service General Patrol were dispatched to what was believed to be a baby not breathing as part of a tiered response with Lambton EMS and the Sarnia Fire Department.
Officers arrived on scene to find that the child was literally just born at home and that the infant was still attached to the umbilical cord. Officers noted that the baby was grey in colour, not breathing, and unresponsive. The mother was in shock from the delivery of the immediate and unexpected birth of her child. The officer that was assisting the mother began CPR on the infant in an attempt to facilitate breathing. As the officer continued his CPR the infant began to periodically respond with gasps of breath and movement. Within a short period of time paramedics arrived on scene to continue care of the infant with assistance from Sarnia Fire.
While this was going on two of the other officers that attended were reassuring the father and another child that was present as they were all in shock and concerned with everything that was going on.
EMS was able to transport the prematurely born child to hospital where it recovered and remained for several weeks to receive the care it needed.
On July 9, 2017, the three officers along with the attending paramedic from that evening were welcome back for a small reunion with baby Brodie-Lynn who was now healthy and doing well. Also present was mom, dad, and her big brother and sister.
911 workers responded to thousands of calls a year and a call of this nature is fairly rare so the reward of reuniting with the child and family was very appreciated by officers, the paramedic, and the family.
Baby Brodie-Lynn was made an Honorary Constable with the Sarnia Police Service for being a real trooper and fighting a good fight.
The Sarnia Police Service would like to thank the officers, paramedics, and fire fighters involved for their great team work and their quick response to an event that could have ended very tragically.