Created on Friday, 28 December 2012 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
TRENTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio sheriff's deputy made a special delivery on Christmas Eve.
Arriving at a gas station parking lot to find a woman in labor, Butler County Deputy David Runnells delivered a healthy baby in the back seat of a car.
Runnells, a 17-year veteran and trained EMT, says the delivery Monday night was his first.
The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/W4jAFR ) reports the mother, Heather Fitzgerald, went into labor, and she and boyfriend Steve Holt realized they didn't have time to get to a hospital. A 911 dispatcher told them to pull over at a gas station and wait for paramedics.
Runnells arrived and delivered Gracie Rae Holt.
Runnells, the father of two grown children, described the experience as "beautiful."
Holt called the deputy a godsend.