hero reporter

Brett Ruskin is one of a kind.

Not only did he help a pregnant woman — who was in labour — to safety in treacherous winter conditions, but he also managed to tweet and tape the story at the same time.

For Ruskin, it began as another day doing yeoman's work as a videojournalist in the never-ending 2015 winter. 

He had been on the scene in Halifax, where emergency responders were trying to reach a pregnant woman.

Almost done

Crews cleared a path to the woman’s house. She was put on a sled and taken in an ambulance to the hospital.

Ruskin was preparing to file a story and call it a day when he heard a cry: "Help me, I’m in labour!” 


According to Global News, Ruskin put down his camera and crawled through the snow to a woman calling for help. When he reached her, he learned that she was one week overdue and having contractions.

Ruskin helped the woman back through the snow to even ground and promptly called 911. 

He had to explain to the dispatchers that there was, in fact, a second pregnant woman who needed help at the same location where crews had just been.


Ruskin and the pregnant woman managed to get to a neighbour’s house where they waited for an ambulance.

talking with dispatchers

Again, Ruskin was prepared to head out when the story began gaining traction on Twitter. Hours later, the story was going viral and he was reporting on his own rescue work.

live at 5

Many on Twitter suggested that one of the pregnant women should name her newborn Brett. But alas, it was not to be.


Some of Twitter were hoping at least one of the two babies involved in this story would be named Brett. (Courtesy of Peggy MacKinnon)

And late Wednesday night, Ruskin learned the name of the second woman's baby.

Baby Liam

Watch the rescue video here.