Deputy Delivers Baby for Second Time in Six Months

Deputy Delivers Baby for Second Time in Six Months

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DELLE, Utah (AP) -- After handling his second emergency baby delivery in six months, Tooele County sheriff's Deputy Jeff Mott has decided he's going to start carrying a complete birthing kit.

"I'd rather have a gun pointed at my face than deliver a baby," Mott joked following his delivery of a baby girl off the side of I-80 Sunday about 3 a.m.

The parents and a grandfather, from Wendover, were traveling to a Salt Lake City hospital when the mother's water broke and they called 911 on a cell phone.

A rendezvous point was established and Mott arrived there about five minutes before the emergency medical technicians.

Contractions were close, and Mott realized the baby was coming. He ran to his car and grabbed a blanket. He told the mother to give a push and the baby's head crowned. The mother gave another push, and "I grabbed the baby, turned its shoulders and it came out."

The EMTs arrived and cut the umbilical cord. The mother and baby were taken to Tooele Valley Hospital, where both were fine.

Six months ago, Mott delivered his first baby at a gas station in Stansbury Park.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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