California Highway Patrol officers have had a busy week, especially Officer Caid and Chavez. The two officers are being hailed for their heroic work on two separate occasions.
According to CHP a couple was on their way to Kern Medical February 4th, when the woman went into labor. With about 20 miles still to go, they decided to pull over onto the shoulder of southbound Highway 99, just North of 7th Standard Road.
CHP Officers Francisco Chavez and Kurtis Caid responded.
“I approached the vehicle, I saw the passenger door open and saw a leg sticking out, so I walked up and noticed that the mother was actively in labor and I could see that the child was ready to come out,” said Chavez.
Officer Caid grabbed a medical supply bag while officer Chavez helped the woman deliver her baby girl.
“I recently had a child four months ago, so that experience was fresh in my mind and how to help the mother deliver the baby safely,” said Chavez.
He also says the department has equipped them with extensive training in medical aid, enough to not only deliver a baby, but also recognize when something isn’t right.
“I noticed the baby wasn’t crying, so I looked into the baby’s mouth and I noticed it had some form material obstructing his mouth, so I had to remove it and then he started crying and he seemed to be fine,” said Chavez.
Baby Samantha and her mother were eventually taken to Kern Medical.
A week later, the same two officers came to the rescue again.
While assisting at a fatal traffic collision on China Grade Loop on Monday, the two officers became aware that a 2-year-old child had been abducted by her non-guardian mother 24-year-old Jordan Hodge in the McFarland area
“I was driving my partner was keeping up with the pings from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department,” said Caid.
Officers Caid and Chavez headed to Highway 99 and 7th Standard Road, where they monitored southbound traffic and eventually pulled over Hodge nearby.
“Very fortunate to have been able to help bring a life into this world and through training and experience we were able to make the traffic stop in the child abduction vehicle and just glad the baby is okay,” said Caid.
We tried contacting the family of the baby delivered by officers Caid and Chavez, but have been unable to reach them.