It was a little exciting. I didn't know what was happening before I got there. —Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Cade Brenchley
WENDOVER — Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Cade Brenchley received an unusual assignment when he checked in with dispatchers at the start of his shift Tuesday.
A call had come in from a Wendover man, who was pulled over on the side of eastbound I-80 because his wife was going into labor. The woman was 36 weeks pregnant with twins.
"It was a little exciting," Brenchley said Wednesday. "I didn't know what was happening before I got there."
When Brenchley arrived, the father had already delivered the first child, a boy, with the help of dispatchers who talked him through the process over the phone. The mother was in the front passenger seat holding the child, the umbilical cord tied off with a shoelace.
Brenchley grabbed his medical bag, and about 10 minutes later the second child, a girl, was delivered.
"She's a real trooper," Brenchley said of the mother. "She's the hero in this situation."
The sergeant said he was anxious to deliver the baby to make sure there were no complications. After the girl was delivered, he checked her airway with his pinky finger, he said, and held her until it was clear she was breathing healthily.
"She let out a good, healthy cry," he said. "That's what I was a little nervous about. My training ends there."
Troopers are given some instruction on delivering babies, he said, but the training is not extensive. In his case, he had participated in the delivery of his children, including catching his two youngest.
The parents asked the Utah Highway Patrol to not release their names to the public, but Brenchley said the twins, who were flown to the hospital, are doing well. Miguel and Jocelyn are the parents' fourth and fifth children.
"As far as I know, they're doing great," he said.
The couple was trying to reach Salt Lake City and had made it approximately 24 miles outside of Wendover. Births can be tense for Wendover parents, Brenchley said, because the nearest hospitals are more than 100 miles away.
"If you go into labor, you've got a long drive.