A Sydney police officer had a shift he would never forget after he helped to deliver a baby on the side of the road.
Senior Constable Tim Burnett was operating a speed gun on Williamson Road at Ingleburn last month when a ute pulled up beside him and the driver asked for help.
“I noticed a blue ute going from the right-hand lane to the left-hand lane quite quickly and then the driver got out of the car and came over shouting, ‘My wife is in labour’,” Burnett said.
“I didn’t really think about what was happening at the time, I just thought that person needed ambos and she needed them urgently.”
Eugene Uiliata was driving the ute while his wife Sela was in labour, but thought he would make it to the hospital.
“At the time I am thinking ‘it would be crazy if we give birth in the car’ but then I thought, ‘no, that’s not going to happen’,” Uiliata said.
Sela said her husband went out to grab a towel right when the baby was coming so Burnett had to deliver the little girl.
“She came out entirely and Tim was the one to catch her and deliver her so she was born on the side of the road at 1.21pm on October 8,” she said.
NSW Police said its officers were often asked to help but this was something Burnett was not expecting.
”Without hesitation, Tim offered reassurance to the couple and within a matter of minutes he had delivered a beautiful baby girl,” police said.
One month later, Burnett was reunited with the grateful parents of baby Winter at their home.
Sela thanked Burnett and the entire police force for all of their support.
“Hopefully one day she (baby Winter) can carry on my dream of becoming a police officer.”