Lights and Sirens for New Parents

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 12:44 p.m. April 13, 2020

Const. Marlowe Feltmate was on patrol in his scout car on University Ave. near Wellington St. on April 9 around 6.30 a.m. when a citizen caught his attention.

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Constable Marlowe Feltmate at 52 Division

With his wife going into labour after her water had broken, Andrew Krupowicz desperately needed help getting her to nearby Mt. Sinai Hospital at University Ave. and Gerrard St.

“He pulled up beside me and was waving his hands,” said Feltmate. “I escorted them safely to the hospital and then got out and just made sure they were okay.”

The baby was delivered four hours later.

Noting that his wife had gone into premature labour, Krupowicz was grateful for the officer’s help.

“Our baby boy was born three weeks early and that’s why it was so dramatic for us,” he said. “When I saw the officer’s cruiser, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I have a whole bunch of red lights ahead of me and the water broke’. When I called out to him and asked if he could escort us to Mt. Sinai because of what had happened, he didn’t hesitate. He put his flashing lights on and escorted us all the way to the front door of the hospital. We didn’t know if everything was OK, but thank God it was.”

Married for 10 years, this is the couple’s first child.

When I called out to him and asked if he could escort us to Mt. Sinai because of what had happened, he didn’t hesitate... We are so grateful for everything the officer did

“We are so grateful for everything the officer did,” added Krupowicz. “He came out of his cruiser while I was getting my wife to go to emergency and asked if everything was OK. I assured him it was and made a mental note of his cruiser number because I wanted to thank him later.”

The baby is expected to be released from hospital later this week.

Feltmate said he was happy to help someone in such a stressful situation.

“I was doing what any other officer would do in that situation which was to help someone who was frantic about getting his wife to the hospital as safely as possible,” the 52 Division officer added. “This is the first time I have done something like this since I have been with the Service.”

Joining the Service in April 2009, Feltmate started at 11 Division before being transferred to 52 Division four years later.

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