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Deputy Delivers Baby on roadsideCEDAR CITY — Mothers usually give birth to their children in a hospital, right? Well, sometimes, circumstances make that impossible.

Enterprise woman Britnie Dedrick went into labor around midnight. She, her husband, their two children and Britnie's aunt all packed into their truck and got on the highway as fast as they could.

But, they wouldn't make it in time.

"It was getting worse and worse," Dedrick said.

Britnie's contractions were growing shorter and closer together. Her husband, William Dedrick, said he was unsure of what he would do if push came to shove.

"I was scared,” said Dedrick.

Traveling in a Dodge pickup truck, the family sped ahead.

They were still 12 miles from the nearest hospital in Cedar City when Britnie's water broke.

Alone and stranded- her aunt called for help.

Iron County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Gower was first to arrive. His dash cam video shows Britnie's husband and aunt frantic outside the truck. He remained calm.

"She turned to me and said, ‘You’ve done this, right?’ And I said, ‘Well, I have a couple kids of my own,’ and just left it at that,” said Gower.

The ambulance was still ten minutes away. Deputy Gower knew he had to act fast.

"I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to need to grab other than a blanket and a couple other things,” Gower said. “I started looking through my medical bag and realized I didn’t have time to worry about any of that. I just need to get up and help her!”

At 5:09 a.m., the baby was born.

It wasn't until Britnie made it to the hospital that she learned Deputy Gower had never delivered an infant.

“It was meant to be,” smiled Dedrick.

Britnie and her husband named their “miracle baby,” Luke. He is a healthy 7-pounds,19-inches long.

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