Police & Fire

Mountainside Police Officers Honored and Reunite with Family after Delivering Baby in Driveway

Lorenz family reunites with police officers that assisted in delivery of their baby on Friday, March 17. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Pictured: Police Chief Allan Attanasio, Police officers Stephen King and Stephen DeVito, Corporal Donald Amberg and Lorenz Family. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Police Officers Stephen King, Stephen DeVito and Corporal Donald Amberg were honored at Tuesday's Mountainside Borough Council meeting and were each presented with a pink citation bar [embossed with a stork] to wear above their badge for their role in delivering a baby girl in a borough driveway.

Connie and Brandon Lorenz, along with their three children, were present for a reunion to thank the officers for their work in delivering their third child.

"I want to commend the officers and we are happy to have a nice healthy baby born in Mountainside," said Mayor Paul Mirabelli.

Sign Up for E-News

Connie and Brandon Lorenz of Mountainside welcomed their third child, a daughter named McKenna, on March 17 -- but the birth was not a conventional delivery. The couple started their trip to the hospital -- but never made it past their driveway because Connie's contractions progressed too quickly and a 9-1-1 call was necessary.

Officer Stephen King was dispatched to the residence at 1:54 a.m. and quickly arrived on scene to tend to the expecting mom, said a report by the Mountainside Police Department. "Officer King removed his jacket -- lying it on the ground for her to lay down on." Corporal Donald Amberg and Police Officer Stephen DeVito then arrived on scene to assist King.

Brandon, a Springfield Police Officer, and the three Mountainside officers took on the role of a labor and delivery team welcoming the Lorenz's new daughter, McKenna, weighing 8lbs. 8oz. into the world.

Shortly after McKenna was born, the Mountainside Rescue Squad and the Atlantic Health Paramedics arrived taking over care of the mother and baby and transported them Overlook Hospital in Summit.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events


Mon, June 18, 4:00 PM

Chipotle, New Providence

Dine at Chipotle in New Providence June 18 in ...

Food & Drink Giving Back

Wed, June 20, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

The Masterwork Chorus Launches 19th Summer Sing ...

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, June 23, 9:00 AM

Between Park Street and Washington Street, Westfield

Walking Tour: What Makes a Great House and ...

Home & Garden

Mon, June 25, 9:00 AM


Kids' Critter Camp


Downtown Family Restaurant in Cranford Closes; Thanks Customers

June 4, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – On Thursday evening, rumors started to swirl about the potential closing of the Downtown Family Restaurant.

With no official word on the restaurant’s Facebook page, it wasn’t until Friday morning that guests were greeted with a sign on the front door reading:

There is a season for everything in life, so it is with bittersweet hearts that we regret to inform ...

Eagle Scout Project Yields Flag Retirement Facility in Springfield, Ceremony Thursday

June 17, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Frankie Sarracino of Boy Scout Troop #73 of Springfield had an inspiration during his first camping trip.  He came with an idea for his Eagle Scout project.  It was to build a flag retirement facility at the Chisholm Community Center.

Only a few organizations are allowed to retire flags and the Boy Scouts are one of them..  Some others include the Girl Scouts, ...

Help Is Available for Suicide Prevention

June 18, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that trained counselors at NJ Hopeline will provide confidential, anonymous guidance for people who may be having suicidal thoughts, or who know someone at risk.

NJHopeline may be contacted 24/7 by phone at 855-654-6735 or by live chat at njhopeline.com.

In addition, Union County residents can contact the County’s ...

Sleep out at Covenant House

June 18, 2018

I can enjoy the same movies over and over like it were the first time to see them.  My kids roll their eyes at this.  Well, many unimaginable things happen as you become a certain age, and you tend to learn to accept those things graciously as gift.   But I remember the movie “The Blind Side.”  Until I saw that movie, I didn’t know homeless children ...

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 10, 2018

Dear Editor:

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by ...