Monday, June 24, 2024

Snowstorm no deterrent to baby Evelyn

Queenstown Police Sergeant Dylan Hannah-Jones has come to the rescue of a pair of expectant parents battling a snowstorm to get to hospital.

“I was patrolling in a blizzard through Hanley’s Farm in the early hours of the morning,” says Dylan of the incident last month.

“It was at about that point that I thought my two-wheel-drive police car might not actually make it back to Queenstown.”

That’s when Sergeant Hannah-Jones spotted headlights pulling out of a driveway.

“I thought that was pretty unusual, so I turned around and asked if they were ok.”

He found a couple in the car in a bit of a rush. And for good reason.

“They yelled out, ‘we’re off to have a baby!’”

“Having been down that road a couple of times myself and knowing the added stress that the blizzard would’ve had, I gave them a police escort to hospital. Pretty extreme dash to the hospital if you ask me.”

A photo of the blizzard taken by Dylan from his patrol vehicle, while stationary, about three hours before his emergency dash. A lot more snow settled over that time, making driving conditions treacherous.

Sergeant Hannah-Jones got the expectant couple to the hospital safe and sound, thankfully without the need for any roadside snowstorm deliveries, which they were extremely grateful for.

In a note sent to Police, the proud new father was hugely appreciative of the help.

“He escorted us through the snow and helped my wife into the hospital in a wheelchair,” he said.

“He was fantastic and we really appreciated the help. Both baby and mum are doing well, but that’s again down to that officer.”

Fast forward a few weeks and Sergeant Hannah-Jones got to meet baby Evelyn in sunnier weather and give her a fluffy police puppy to remember her special police escort by.

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