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Life Imitates Art: Police Officer Delivers a Baby Reminiscent of “Silent Night” Video

Here’s a heartwarming Christmas season story that was too good (and coincidental) not to share!

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square have recently released a new Christmas video of “Silent Night.” The video depicts a police officer’s (Kevin Sorbo) service in delivering a young couple’s baby in an emergency childbirth. The officer’s journey from grief and pain, to joy and peace, has been viewed over 300,000 times.

Here’s where life imitated art:  a baby was born recently on the side of the road in Southern Utah, with the help of a sheriff’s deputy just like in the Choir’s video. Even more striking, the real-life roadside birth took place in the town of Virgin, Utah, another interesting connection to the Nativity. Although the Choir’s “Silent Night” video is set in the modern day, its imagery symbolizes the birth of Christ, where the young couple on the motorcycle represent Mary and Joseph on the donkey.  

"In a field where we are told seconds count, this evening they truly did," said Lt. David Crouse of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in recounting the emergency delivery. Crouse added that his responding deputy arrived with "just enough time to put on protective equipment before he was able to assist with the delivery," similar to Sorbo’s character in the music video.

The birth of any child is special, but at Christmastime under these unique circumstances the birth of this little girl is extraordinary. Lt. Crouse indicated the family was grateful to the first responders for helping with their new arrival.

Everyone at The Tabernacle Choir organization extends warmest wishes and heartiest congratulations to the family on their new arrival. Through the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Choir is sending the family three gifts—no, not gold, frankincense, and myrrh—but the Choir latest releases, which include A Merry Little Christmas CD and DVD, and the companion book, It Is Well with My Soul.

Watch the music video for “Silent Night.”