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Saint John Police Officer Helps NewBorn

Fri May 15, 2020

Quick thinking and a calm demeanor assisted a member of the Saint John Police Force in welcoming a newborn baby into the world. Officers were called to a home in East Saint John at 1:00am on Friday, May-15-2020. When they arrived on scene, they found a mother who had just given birth and a newborn, not making any sounds or breathing.

Acting Sergeant Sylvia Summerville quickly evaluated the situation and asked someone in the home to bring her a shoelace. Summerville tied off the umbilical cord, laid the baby on her forearm face down, cupped the face with her right hand and gave several thrusts to the back.

Summerville then massaged the lips and chest for stimulation and the baby began breathing and color returned to normal. Officials with Ambulance NB arrived, assessed the baby and mother and took both to the Regional Hospital.

“By utilizing her training, Acting Sergeant Summerville is to be congratulated for her actions,” says SJPF Chief Steph Drolet. “All officers with the SJPF look to make a difference during their shifts and this instance is certainly one of those times,” adds Chief Drolet.


Jim Hennessy
Manager of Communications/Public Information
Saint John Police Force