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A chance encounter with a pregnant heroin addict and a lawman’s quick decision to adopt her baby has people calling Albuquerque police officer Ryan Holets a hero, but he says that honor belongs to someone else.
“My wife is the true hero,” the 27-year-old said during a small ceremony at City Hall on Monday. “I brought the baby home, but she takes care of the baby.”
The baby, who Ryan and Rebecca Holets named Hope, was born Oct. 12. She had heroin and crystal meth in her system and had to endure detox for about two weeks, suffering withdrawal symptoms.