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Special delivery for rookie Mountie

Mounties are trained to respond to a variety of situations, but Const. Rob Katic doesn’t recall being taught how to deliver a baby.

But the rookie officer now has field experience after a baby boy decided to enter the world one week early.

The Surrey RCMP officer – who has been on the force for about a year and a half – was dispatched to the area of 157 Street and 102 Avenue shortly before 7 a.m. Friday. Someone in the apartment there had dialled 911, but then the call dropped off.

As Katic rolled up, he was met out front by an older man who tried to explain there was a woman inside having a baby.

The mother-to-be was clearly in labour, with her mother at her side. The baby’s father was in Asia on business and scheduled to return home later that day.

Katic radioed dispatch to request paramedics.

Moments later, he was back on the radio. “Can you tell (paramedics) the baby is coming out right now? Can you tell them to come code?”

In his next radio transmission, Katic asked: “Is there anybody there that can give me instructions on how to deliver a baby?”

The baby boy was delivered less than five minutes after Katic arrived at the house.

“The baby came out so quickly, I don’t even know if there were hands there to catch him,” the officer said.

Katic said the grandmother seemed to know what do, and between the two of them they figured out the rest.

The 33-year-old Mountie, who does not have kids of his own, picked up the infant and placed him on his mother’s chest while the grandmother fetched a towel.

Mom and baby are both healthy.

Katic was anxious to tell his wife about the early-morning delivery, especially since she wants children.

“But maybe not the home delivery – we’ll probably opt for the hospital,” Katic said.

It’s unknown if the parents have decided on a name for their new son.

dweir@surreyleader.com

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