DPS trooper helps woman who gave birth beside highway

Published: Nov. 17, 2015 at 4:13 PM MST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2016 at 4:32 PM MST
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BISBEE, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A state trooper said he just happened to be in the right place at the right time Saturday, Nov. 14 when an expectant mother was about to give birth on the side of the road.
 
A car pulled up behind Trooper Miguel Rincon on State Route 80 outside Bisbee and a woman ran up to him saying that she was rushing her granddaughter to the hospital.

Courtney Benavidez said she called her grandmother for a ride to the hospital after her water broke.

Adrian Borquez, her husband, was in Phoenix for the night because no one expected a baby for another two weeks.

But that expectation changed once Benavidez climbed in her grandmother's car on the way to the hospital.

Baby Carter was on his way regardless of the setting.

"I just knew there was no stopping him coming," Benavidez said. "So he made his debut and came on the side of the road."

Rincon said he left the traffic stop he was tending to at the time and ran to his car to call for medics and grab some gloves and blankets. By the time he returned to the car, Rincon found Benavidez already holding her newborn.

"Everything happened so quickly that there wasn't really time to think about much," he said.

So quickly, in fact, that Borquez said it helped the family decide on a middle name for their son. Down to two options, Mom and Dad decided on "Jet" because of Carter's speedy arrival.

"I think Jet was very appropriate," joked Benavidez.

Rincon wrapped the baby boy in blankets and cared for him and his mother until medics arrived on scene.

Both are doing fine and were discharged the next day from Canyon Vista Medical Center in Sierra Vista.

A certified peace officer with DPS since 2008, Rincon said this is his best experience since joining the force.

"You're always thinking criminal activity," he said. "This is definitely No. 1 for me as far as surprise factor."

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