Sheriff's Deputy helps deliver baby on roadside

Devon Dolan

Cedar City, UT -- Mothers usually give birth to their children in a hospital, right? Well, sometimes circumstances make that impossible.

Enterprise woman Britnie Dedrick went into labor early in the morning on Sunday. 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 to driver about 50 miles to the nearest hospital in Cedar City.

But they wouldn't make it in time.

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

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

"I was scared," said William 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 Dedrick's water broke.

Alone and stranded, the Dedrick's aunt called for help.

Iron County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Gower was first to arrive. His dash cam video shows William Dedrick and the Dedrick's aunt frantic outside the truck. But Gower 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, and 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 Dedrick made it to the hospital that she learned Gower had never delivered an infant.

"It was meant to be," Britnie Dedrick said.

The Dedrick's named their "miracle baby" Luke. He is healthy and weighed in at 7 pounds and 19 inches long.


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