Oh, What a Night 13 Years Ago

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Oh, What a Night 13 Years Ago


Byline: Kimberly Pohl kpohl@dailyherald.com

Monica Bakos didn't envision her newborn daughter's first receiving blanket would be a police officer's winter coat.

Several things, it turns out, didn't go according to plan that bitterly cold night on Jan. 23, 2000, when the Carol Stream woman was forced to give birth in her two-door Chevy Cavalier with the assistance of one of Hanover Park's finest.

To commemorate Brianna Elizondo's unusual introduction to the world, she and her mom on Wednesday headed back to the Hanover Park train station where the action took place 13 years ago to the day and reunited with officer George Sullivan.

"They showed us a childbirth video at the police academy 24 years ago, but let me tell you, it's a whole different story in person," said Sullivan, who met Brianna with a bouquet of birthday flowers.

Her due date still a week off, Bakos remembered putting in a typical shift at the salon where she worked and then heading to bed. When she woke up about 1 a.m., it was quickly apparent there'd be a race to get to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates.

With Bakos' husband at work, her mother, Debbie Knops, ran from her home next door and sped north on County Farm Road. But they knew they weren't going to make it and changed course toward the fire department.

That's when they spotted Sullivan's squad car lights. The officer was at the scene of a one-car crash on Lake Street and had just taken a drunken driver into custody when a frantic Knops approached.

Sullivan instructed her to pull into the Metra parking lot, contacted a dispatcher and knelt on the ground. …

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