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.”
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.