Toddler celebrates 1st birthday by reuniting with deputy who delivered her
GRANBURY, Tex. - A toddler celebrated her first birthday by reuniting with the sheriff's deputy who aided in her roadside delivery.
Deputy Constable Mark Diebold of the Tarrant County police joined Evelyn Hall for a special tea party photo shoot on July 21, just days after the anniversary of their very first meeting in a gas station parking lot, when the officer welcomed her into the world.
"She loved clinking her little tea cup with him. They had a bonding moment there for sure," mom Destiny Hall told ABC News. "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 Hall 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 it soon became clear that the couple was not going to make it to the hospital in time and the two had to make an unplanned stop.
The Halls pulled into a gas station parking lot where Diebold helped deliver Evelyn Joy Deborah Hall, who weighed 6 pounds and 7 ounces.
Shortly after the birth, the parents honored Diebold by having Evelyn photographed leaning next to his badge.
"It was amazing," Diebold told ABC News in the same interview after Evelyn was born. "It was heartfelt and it was a big deal. That photo shoot reminded me that [police work] is what I need to keep doing until it's my time to stop."
Destiny Hall said her family and Diebold's have developed a friendship and that her kids refer to him as "Uncle Mark."
"Evelyn's birth has blessed us in countless ways, but our friendship with the Diebolds is one of the biggest ones," she added.
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