Limo rides for new­borns run in this fam­ily

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— It’s not ev­ery day that a mother gets to bring her new­born son home from the hospi­tal in a limou­sine driven by the same per­son who drove her home from the hospi­tal 24 years ago, but that’s ex­actly what hap­pened ear­lier this month.

Thanks to Ka­t­rina Dou­glas’ father, Rod­ney “Butch” Dou­glas, a Ris­ing Sun res­i­dent, who hap­pens to be a lit­tle bit sen­ti­men­tal, a new fam­ily tra­di­tion may be un­der­way.

“Back in 1992, when my wife Toni and I brought Ka­t­rina home from Har­ford Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal in a limo, it was so spe­cial, I de­cided to do the same thing for my first grand­child,” Dou­glas said.

He wasted no time in call-

RIS­ING SUN

ing About Town Limou­sine, a North East limo com­pany that pro­vided the first ride for Ka­t­rina, to re­serve ser­vice for a yet-to-be-de­ter­mined date for Ka­t­rina’s first child.

“I also re­quested the same driver that we had 24 years ago, if she was still avail­able,” Dou­glas said.

Carol Ger­hart, owner of About Town Limo, told Dou­glas she could ar­range that since the driver was Kirsten Ger­hart, who is Carol’s daugh­ter.

Ger­hart said it was the “high­light of my year,” not­ing the gap of 24 years be­fore re­u­nit­ing with this fam­ily made it very spe­cial. And Kirsten was happy to do her part as well.

“Of course, I wanted to drive for them,” Kirsten said. “There’s so much sad­ness in the world lately; this was a chance to be part of some­thing happy.” Fi­nally, the day ar­rived. Dalen Vance Ro­gaskie was born at Chris­tiana Hospi­tal at 7:05 p.m. Nov. 4, weigh­ing 7 pounds 5 ounces and mea­sur­ing 21 inches.

“We were put on alert,” Carol Ger­hart said, adding that the pickup date was con­firmed for Sunday, Nov. 6.

A to­tal of seven fam­ily mem­bers, in­clud­ing Butch “Grandpa” Dou­glas, ac­com­pa­nied Dalen on his first ride home that Sunday, in­clud­ing some of the same fam­ily mem­bers that made the jour­ney 24 years ear­lier when Ka­t­rina came home.

“I’m so grate­ful that my dad did that for us,” Ka­t­rina Dou­glas said, speak­ing for Dalen’s father, Ricky Ro­gaskie, and her­self. “I had wanted our son to come home in a limo the way I got to. It was even more spe­cial that it was the same driver.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF ROD­NEY DOU­GLAS

Rod­ney “Butch” Dou­glas and his wife Toni sit to­gether in an About Town Limo next to their new­born daugh­ter Ka­t­rina on a ride home from the hospi­tal in 1992.

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