Mountie saves newborn’s life at Tachie

The quick action of a Fort St. James Mountie likely saved a newborn baby’s life.

On Sunday May 6, Fort St James RCMP were called to assist EHS at a home in Tachie. The call involved a woman who had unexpectedly given birth and the baby appeared to be in distress. EHS, which was en route, asked for police assistance.

Const. Sanders arrived before the paramedics and immediately knew something was not right. The newborn showed obvious signs of distress and did not appear to be breathing.

Sanders assessed the baby’s vital signs, and with the help of a family member, performed CPR. The baby began to breath and move its arms. EHS arrived and took the mother and baby to hospital, where it has been reported that both are doing fine.

Because of Sanders’ recognition of the respiratory distress, quick reaction, and immediately initiating CPR, a newborn baby’s life was saved. 

After hearing of Constable Sanders involvement in saving this baby’s life I couldn’t be more proud, said Corporal Jeff Raffle, FNP NCO i/c, Fort St James RCMP. He reacted under extreme stress and, as a result, saved a life.