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Firefighter/EMT Kyle Luginbyhl smiles as Jessica Coddington, 23, holds her new baby girl, August, minutes after delivering the baby Wednesday in an ambulance on 10th Street in Artesia. (Courtesy Photo)
Firefighter/EMT Kyle Luginbyhl smiles as Jessica Coddington, 23, holds her new baby girl, August, minutes after delivering the baby Wednesday in an ambulance on 10th Street in Artesia. (Courtesy Photo)
Mother gives birth in back of ambulance

BY ASHLEY TRUJILLO
Daily Press Staff Writer

When new mother Jessica Coddington gave birth to her first child, a healthy, 6-pound, 12-ounce baby girl, it was in the most unexpected of places.

At 1:18 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, baby August Rhein entered the world. Her birth, however, was not in a delivery room at her parent’s chosen hospital, Roswell Regional. Instead, she was born in an ambulance in Artesia while crossing Tenth Street.

Coddington and her boyfriend, Jose Moreno, did not have their new baby delivered by their selected midwife or obstetrician. August entered the world with the help of three of Artesia Fire Department’s finest.

AFD’s Kyle Luginbyhl, Alfredo Garcia, and Brendon Harvey have become something like heroes to the 23-year-old mother. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.

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