- Two police officers have been hailed for their selflessness while on duty
- The officers drove 87km to help a pregnant woman who had gone into labour
- The lady resides in a rural area and there were no ambulances available to help
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Two police officers, Heidi Kroutz and Goodwill Brandt, were lauded for going above and beyond the call of duty when a woman went into labour on 27 May at about 1:40am.
Warrant Officer Kroutz was on duty at SAPS Baviaanskloof when she received a call from a pregnant woman, Raymene de Villiers.
The 22-year-old pregnant lady, who lives on a farm in Baviaanskloof, was bleeding and she needed help.
Kroutz contacted the ambulance services in Willowmore but was informed that both the ambulances were out, the SAPS revealed on their website.
She then tried to contact the Community Service Centre and informed them to advise the family to take the woman to hospital with their private transport.
Briefly.co.za learned at 3:30am Kroutz was again informed that the woman was experiencing labour pains.
The ambulance service was still unavailable and Kroutz decided to act. She and Brandt, from the Community Service Centre, decided to make the 87km trip to the rural area to go and help the woman.
They arrived at the house and found de Villiers on the bed in pain. Kroutz examined the mommy-to-be and concluded that she was already in advanced labour.
The SAPS said:
"She knew that she must act and prepare herself to deliver the baby who was ready to enter the world not a minute later. The contractions were severe and being a mother herself, W/O Kroutz knew it’s time for delivery. As this was the woman’s first child, W/O Kroutz managed to calm the woman and guided her through every step of the delivery while at the same time encouraging her."
Just as the paramedics arrived, Kroutz managed to deliver the baby. Kroutz cleaned and wrapped the baby and both newborn and mother were taken to the hospital.
The SAPS added:
"Due to a perfect delivery, they were discharged the following day."
Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga said:
"The actions of these members is a true reflection of altruism. W/O Kroutz and Const Brandt sacrificed their time and didn’t think of themselves, instead they put the welfare of others before their own.
"Their actions are commendable and I am proud and honoured to have such dedicated members in this province who never hesitate to help in any situation and will even go beyond their call of duty. These young officers maintained a calm composure and helped bring a beautiful child into the world. Congratulations on a job well done."
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South Africans applauded the officers for going the extra mile to help the woman.
John B. Simbaburanga, who goes by the Twitter handle @be_johns, commented:
Sifiso Maso, @Sifiso00688960, added:
"Good job guys."
On Wednesday, Briefly.co.za reported members of the Putfontein SAPS station went above and beyond the call of duty when a woman went into labour. The lady had been at the police station with her husband when she went into labour.
The officers had to step up to deliver the baby while they waited for an ambulance.
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