City of Austin employee delivers baby girl near landfill

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Tim Hill

An unexpected delivery happened earlier this week.

A City of Austin employee helped deliver a baby on the side of the road earlier this week.

Tim Hill, an Austin Resource Recovery department employee, finished conducting a training session 9:45 a.m. Tuesday and noticed a male driver in need of help on the side of the road near the closed City of Austin landfill at 10108 FM 812.

Hill noticed a woman in labor next to the driver.

He immediately called the situation in to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services and began to render aid. Following phone instructions from ATCEMS Communications Medic Jessica McLane, Hill delivered a baby girl and used his shoelace to tie off the umbilical cord.

He counseled the couple on-site to prevent them from going into shock.

The baby and mom were taken by EMS to St. David's Hospital. They are said to be doing well.

"It felt great being able to help someone. I have two daughters of my own, so the feeling was kind of unexplainable," Hill said. "It was a blessing for the baby to be breathing well and everything."

Hill has been working with the city of Austin since April 2013. He delivers first aid, CPR and other safety training to trash/recycling operators and other Resource Recovery employees.

Hill also received an "Aiming Higher" award in April for going above and beyond in his daily work duties.

"I am proud to call Tim part of the Austin Resource Recovery team," said Bob Gedert, Director of Austin Resource Recovery. "His ability to stay calm and help a stranger in such a stressful situation demonstrates his commitment to the City's values to provide exceptional service to the citizens of Austin."

Out of respect for family privacy, the identity of the mother and her family will not be disclosed.