Butler County sheriff's deputy delivers baby in back seat of car on Christmas Eve

TRENTON, Ohio - 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 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.

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