An El Monte police officer recently discovered that his supervisor — a former paramedic — helped deliver him 27 years ago, authorities said Monday.
“Officer Tyler Dominguez knew he always wanted to be a police officer,” Sgt. Roger Cobian said.
“He began his career with the Arcadia Police Department before deciding two years ago to transfer and work in the town he grew up in,” Cobian said. “While telling his fellow El Monte police officers how he was unexpectedly born in the driveway of his childhood home, his supervisor, Lt. Chris Cano’s memory began to stir.”
Dominguez said his umbilical cord had been wrapped around his neck, and paramedics had to be summoned to assist in the delivery, Cobian said.
“Lt. Cano worked as a paramedic for many years in the San Gabriel Valley before joining the ranks of the El Monte Police Department in 1997, and delivered 13 babies in the process,” Cobian said.
“But Lt. Cano only had one birth where the newborn was fighting for his life with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck,” Cobian said. “In that instance, Lt. Cano freed the infant, who was turning a deep shade of blue — saving his life.”
Cano and Dominguez “immediately realized that fate had brought them together again,” Cobian said.
“That’s when Officer Dominguez shared that his unique middle name, `Blue,’ came from the blue hue his face and body displayed when he was born,” Cobian said.
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