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When she gets a little older, little Kendall Jo Miller will get to hear quite the story about the day she was born.

It was a Tuesday morning, Oct. 26, shortly before 8, and Kendall’s grandmother was trying desperately to get through traffic. Kendall’s mother, Vanessa Miller, was already in labor.

With the Dallas mom-to-be’s contractions barely a minute apart, the two pulled into the parking lot of a Publix at the corner of Mars Hill Road and Dallas Highway in west Cobb and called 911.

“We thought an ambulance would get us to the hospital faster,” Miller said.

But little Kendall wouldn’t wait. Vanessa Miller’s delivery room was far different than WellStar Cobb hospital as she’d planned. The bed of the Toyota Tundra would have to do.

On Thursday, the Miller family, including father Joseph and 4-year-old big sister Abigail, stopped by fire station No. 13 to thank those that helped with the delivery. The Millers brought treats for the firefighters, who recounted the morning and swapped stories.

For Paramedic David Byrd, delivering babies was nothing new. The father of three said Kendall made number 17.

But no other deliveries were quite like this.

“Backseats are more comfortable, but there was plenty of room in the bed of the truck,” Byrd said.

Miller said her due date was Nov. 8, but she knew she would deliver before that. Still she never could have imagined giving birth in a parking lot.

“I was in so much pain, nothing really set in,” she said. “But once it’s over, it’s over.”

Kendall’s grandfather plans to keep the truck so it can be hers later on, Joseph Miller said. But no, the little girl’s name will not be changed to “Tundra,” as one firefighter suggested.

“This is a story that will be told for generations,” he said.

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