Atascadero, CA — On Tuesday at approximately 11:25 pm, Chris Devroede of Atascadero came into the Atascadero Police Department lobby asking for help. He told the on duty Atascadero Police Department dispatcher that his wife Orah Devroede was out in their vehicle in the PD parking lot having a baby. Officer Luca Benedetti who was in the station at the time immediately ran out to the parking lot with Chris and contacted Orah. Orah was sitting in the front passenger seat of the vehicle having severe contractions. Orah told Officer Benedetti that the baby was “coming out.”
Officer Benedetti realizing the front seat had limited room asked Orah if she could be moved to the back seat so she could lie down. Orah said yes and with the assistance of Officer Benedetti and Chris she was able to get into the back seat. Once she was in the back seat, Orah told Officer Benedetti that the baby was out. While assisting Orah, Officer Benedetti saw that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s lower extremities. He was able to untangle the umbilical cord. The baby immediately began crying. Officer Benedetti placed the baby into Orah arms just as other members of the Atascadero Police Department and Fire Department arrived on scene.
Orah and her brand new baby girl were then transported to Twin Cities Hospital for further care with Chris following in the family vehicle. Chris and Orah Devroede were later contacted by the on duty watch commander. They said that their new baby girl was doing great and weighed in at 8 lbs 6 oz.
This is the first time in the history of the Atascadero Police Department’s 32 years that a baby was born at the Police facility. This is an event that few officers ever experience during the course of their careers and one that Officer Benedetti will not forget.