Two Mounties who helped deliver a baby in northern Alberta early Saturday morning are being called heroes.

Although she wasn't due for another seven weeks, Alberta Vermillion suddenly went into labour at her home in Fort Chipewyan early Saturday morning. 

"I was in pain, laying on my bed and couldn't get up to move or anything," she told CBC News. 

Vermillion called 911 and then her mother, Shirley, who hopped in the car, still wearing her pajamas. 

RCMP Constables Colin Folk and Ben Luymes arrived around 2:45 a.m. and determined Vermillion was too far along to be moved to the nursing station.

The baby boy was born without complications.  

"He held the baby in his hand," Vermillion said about one of the officers 

"He is a hero. He delivered my baby, that RCMP officer. I'm happy he was there."

No one from the Fort Chipewyan detachment was available for an interview on Monday. But in a news release, Const. Natasha Lytwenko called the birth "an unlikely occurrence for modern day policing."

"These members have defined heroism with their actions," she said. 

Fort Chipewyan is about 700 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story stated that the baby was delivered on March 17, based on information from Wood Buffalo RCMP. They later sent a correction, saying that the delivery happened on March 15. The story has been changed to reflect that.
    Mar 17, 2014 12:12 PM MT
With files from the CBC's James Hees