A pair of quick-thinking PCSOs added another string to their bows when they delivered a baby boy on the side of the A41 on Saturday, January 11.
The accidental midwives, PCSO Claire Whomes, 31, and PCSO Sarah Duffy, 39, were on duty travelling in an unmarked car along the A41 in Little Sutton when they were flagged down by father-to-be Nick Cushing at about 7.35pm.
Nick and his wife Claire, both 29, had been on their way to Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral, from their home in Halton Way, Ellesmere Port, but it seemed their baby had other ideas for the location for his grand entrance to the world.
Nick said: "Claire started having contractions at home and they got closer so we headed to the hospital. She was shouting at me to stop the car and I didn't have a clue what to do. Claire was panicking and I was panicking so I decided to flag down a car and the first car just happened to have two PCSOs in it. They were calm and brilliant - I don't know what we'd have done without them.
PCSO Whomes, who has served with Cheshire Police for 11 years, and PCSO Duffy, who has 21 years' police service under her belt, immediately offered their assistance when Nick told them his wife was in labour.
PCSO Whomes talked to paramedics over the phone and instructed PCSO Duffy, who was in the rear of the car with the expectant mother, how to deliver the baby.
Francis Jack Cushing was born on the back seat of the car at 7.45pm.
Paradamedics in an ambulance, which arrived minutes after, looked Claire and baby Francis over and escorted them to Arrowe Park Hospital as a precautionary measure.
PCSO Duffy said: "It was certainly an experience that neither of us will ever forget. We did not expect mum to be as far advanced as she was and just did what we were told to by the paramedics. Me and Claire work very well together and just got on with it - There was no stopping that baby!
"Neither of us have got any midwife experience and neither of us have even had children. I think watching programmes like Call the Midwife and One Born Every Minute must have helped.
"We would just like to say congratulations to the family. I hope we have we have done them proud."
It was business as usual for PCSO Whomes and PCSO Duffy once the Cushing family were handed over to paramedics, as they completed the remaining three hours of their nine-hour shift.
Insp Brian Green, of the Ellesmere Port and Neston Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: "The new born baby and both parents are all doing extremely well and are thrilled by the new arrival and are very grateful for the assistance and support of PCSO Duffy and PCSO Whomes.
"I am extremely proud of them bearing in mind that they are not trained in this sort of thing. To react the way they did in those circumstances and under that pressure was exceptional."