THE HERO policeman who rescued a mother who was going into labour as she was stranded at Bristol Road traffic lights has come forward.
PC Tom Francis found recovering mum Nicole Sysum in the car as she was gushing blood and about to give birth.
He then escorted Nicole and her mum Christine Parsons, who was driving the car, to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where a team of nurses were waiting to take her to the delivery suite.
Nicole, 20, gave birth to her second child Logan James less than two hours later.
She had been trying to find the officer, but Nicole and Christine have now tracked PC Francis down to thank him for the rescue.
PC Francis, who has only been with Gloucestershire Police’s responder unit for a year, said: “At first I thought the car had broken down in the middle of the crossroads, but then the driver flagged me down to say that her daughter was in labour.
“She was bleeding quite heavily so at that point I was concerned about mum and baby. I didn’t know how long it would last for so I decided that time was of the essence.
“It was quite a shock when I first saw her. When I first saw the car had stopped that was not what I had expected at all.
“But I knew that I could not reflect panic because that would not have been good for mum and baby. I was just doing my best to stay as calm as possible. It all happened quite quickly in the end.”
PC Francis has been with the Gloucestershire Constabulary for the past six years.
He first noticed the car had stopped when approaching Toys’R’Us after Nicole had a strong contraction.
Christine did not want to drive off at that point because her daughter was losing too much blood. Nicole lost around 300ml of blood during the ordeal.
PC Francis then activated his blue lights to escort them to A&E. Baby Logan was born at 11.15pm.
Less than an hour later PC Francis returned to check on them, but was not allowed to see Nicole.
They have since met up so Nicole and Christine could give their thanks.
“It was up there with one of the weirdest things I’ve seen in this job,” PC Francis said.
“The thing about being a police officer is that you get to do different things than in normal job- that’s what I love about it.
“Some of the staff at the hospital were calling me a ‘blue light midwife’ but I won’t be changing my profession any time soon.
“I’ve spoken to Christine who told me it was quite a traumatic experience, but I’m just glad they’re OK.
“I was wondering what had happened to them so it was weird seeing her in the paper and being called a hero.”