"There aren't really words to describe how grateful we are."
The car that was stolen from a soldier's home Sunday as his wife was in labor has been recovered Monday after an outpouring of support and awareness from the community.
The car was left running Sunday morning while PFC Primo Paragas went inside his apartment to help his wife, who was in labor, out to the car.
Paragas said the car was loaded up with a lot of the unborn baby's things. He said the car had the baby's car seat and several outfits inside.
"This is a situation that nobody should have to experience," Paragas said. He told 11 News when his wife, Serena, said she was in labor his mind began to race.
"I was thinking emergency, my wife can't walk on the ice,” he said. “She's in labor, she's hunched over in pain. Bring the car around, get her in the car and get her to the hospital."
Paragas was trying to avoid the slick ice which he slipped on a few days ago. He still has bruises from the fall. He moved the family car to a street near their apartment so Serena didn’t have to walk far. "We're on our way out the door,” he said. “I went to open the door for her and my car was gone."
The car was nowhere in sight so Paragas called 911. "It was just the most awful feeling," he said. An ambulance took Serena to the hospital, while Paragas had stayed behind to fill out a police report on the stolen car. He said paramedics gave him a voucher for a free cab ride, which is how he later got to the hospital.
"I can't imagine anyone doing anything like that," Paragas said.
The new family welcomed a healthy baby boy, Jude Russell Paragas, to the world at 6:23 p.m. Sunday.
Some of Jude's new belongings, as well as the couple’s camera and lap top were inside the car when it was stolen. Unfortunately, nothing was inside the car when it was recovered. But good news is there was no major damage to the car.
Monday afternoon, a few representatives from the Army Wives Club of Fort Carson dropped off donations to the Paragas family.
"Not everyone is bad," said Army Wives member Candice Demers. "One bad thing can happen but there are so many people out there that still want to help."
Primo and Serena were given a new car seat, a computer, a new camera, and nearly $600 in an on-line account.
"There aren't really words to describe how grateful we are," Serena said. "There are amazing people out here."
Several fire fighters from Colorado Springs fire, the same men who helped the couple Sunday morning, dropped off another car seat and a stroller. The fire fighters drove Primo to an impound lot to pick up his car.
"This was a great opportunity for us to help the family," said CSFD Lt. Dean Street. "It's supposed to be the most exciting day of your life, and to walk out and have your car gone, it's just devastating."
The couple has only lived in Colorado since last November, and they do not have any family in the Pikes Peak region. We’re told it will be a few days before family members arrive in town to help the couple.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.
The Facebook group, Army Wives Club of Fort Carson, is still collecting donations to help the family. Click the link below for information.
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