On October 27th at 3:22 p.m. Orem dispatcher Julie Benson got a 911 call from Carlos Pozo whose wife was in full labor. They were driving on I-15, trying to make it to American Fork Hospital, but it Benson quickly realized the Pozo’s weren’t going to make it.
Benson said, “When I heard the quiet in the background that we didn’t hear at the beginning of the call, I asked if she was pushing and he asked her and she was.”
Concerned the baby was going to be born without anyone there to catch it, Benson asked Pozo to pull over. Less than 5 minutes after Pozo pulled over a 9 pound 11 ounce baby boy was born.
Orem paramedic Michael Dunn got to the Pozo’s right after the baby crowned.
“Just as I got in there the baby’s head was out,” explained Dunn. “He hadn’t started crying or anything…Then just a couple of pushes and the baby came out.”
Dunn a father of four had helped in his wife’s delivery but this was the first time he had helped a live delivery on the side of the highway. It was also the first time for a delivery on the side of the road in Benson’s 13 year career.
Dunn said, “It’s just bragging story, if you will, to be able to talk about that to be able to help bring in life is pretty neat.”
Benson said, “To listen to this family happily celebrating was wonderful.”
The Pozo’s are considering naming their son Miles because he was born just miles from the hospital.