To help celebrate her first birthday, a Texas toddler has reunited with the sheriff’s deputy who delivered in dramatic fashion….by the side of the road.
Deputy Constable Mark Diebold of the Tarrant County police joined Evelyn Hall for a special tea party photo shoot back in July — just days after the anniversary of their very first meeting in a gas station parking lot, when the officer welcomed her into the world.
Destiny Hall, Evelyn’s mom told ABC news, “She loved clinking her little tea cup with him. They had a bonding moment there for sure. Mark Diebold, without a doubt, is one of the most genuine, loving, thoughtful and caring [people] we have ever met. He is quick to think of others and we are so blessed to call him friend and family.”
While pregnant with Evelyn, Destiny went into labor in the early morning hours of July 18, 2016.
As he sped to the hospital, Caleb Hall, Destiny’s husband, was flagged down by Diebold, who insisted on escorting the couple.
But during the drive, it became clear the baby wanted to make an early appearance.
Caleb Hall told ABC News, “[Destiny] said, ‘Pull over, I’m having the baby,’ and I said, ‘No!'” “When she told me that it was happening, we were behind Officer Diebold and he had his lights and sirens going. I kind of had a small glimpse of hope that maybe we would make it.”
The Halls pulled into a gas station parking lot where Diebold assisted in Evelyn’s birth.
Evelyn Joy Deborah Hall weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces.
Shortly after the birth, the parents honored Diebold by having Evelyn photographed leaning next to his badge.
Destiny added, “Evelyn’s birth has blessed us in countless ways, but our friendship with the Diebold’s is one of the biggest.”