First baby born on New Year's named after fallen Valley soldier

Josh Leal

He'll have a story to tell for the rest of his life.

Josiah Kevin Leal was the first baby born in 2014 at the Rio Grande Regional Hospital.

"I wasn't expecting to be in the hospital on New Year;s," Rosa Picon said.

Picon and Josh Leal were expecting their bundle of joy on January 6th, but Josiah had other plans.

Tuesday afternoon Picon's water broke after a day of shopping.

"It was as soon as I got out of the car, I felt the gush," she said.

At 1:08 a.m. Josiah was born, 7 lbs 12 oz.

It's the young couple's first child.

They know they have a lot to learn about being parents.

"I think I'm ready for this, it's a challenge in my life and I think I'm ready," Leal said.

Leal decided to chose Kevin as Josiah's middle name to honor his best friend since the second grade who died last may in Afghanistan while serving his country, Army Specialist Kevin Cardoza.

During the interview Leal couldn't put into words what it meant to him.

He said he feels proud knowing the memory of his best friend will now live on through his first born son.

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