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.
The Lorenz family was present for the reunion to thank the officers for their work.
"I want to commend the officers and we are happy to have a nice healthy baby born in Mountainside," said Mayor Paul Mirabelli.
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.