Woman gives birth in family van on police station parking lot

April 05, 1994|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Sun Staff Writer

Michele Volke says the births of all of her children were quick. But none quite as speedy as her son's arrival Easter Sunday.

Trevor, the Pasadena couple's fourth child, was born in the family van in the parking lot of Eastern District police station on Mountain Road about 9:30 p.m.

"I didn't have time to think," said Mrs. Volke, 34. "I was comforted by the fact that there were other people there besides my husband."

Mrs. Volke, her husband, Ed, 44, and their three children left their home in the 1800 block of Poplar Ridge Road about 9 p.m. Mrs. Volke was in labor and the couple planned to drop the children off at a nearby relative's home before going to the hospital.

But when they got to Mountain and Hog Neck roads, Mrs. Volke said she knew she wasn't going to make it.

The couple decided to stop for help at the county police station on Mountain Road. Mr. Volke ran inside and alerted the officers.

"The police came out and ran next door to the firehouse and knocked on their door," Mrs. Volke said. "It seemed like it took a long time for the paramedics to come out."

With the help of firefighters Martin Dunkerly and Ian McGreevy, Trevor was born in a matter of minutes. His two sisters, Rachel, 4, and Laura, 2, and brother, Nathan, 6, waited inside the police station with officers who gave them stuffed teddy bears.

"Two of them were crying and I think the other one was in shock," Mrs. Volke said of her children.

Mrs. Volke and Trevor were resting comfortably at Anne Arundel Medical Center yesterday.

"Each one of my children's births has been different," Mrs. Volke said. "But this one has really been different."

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