HARTFORD – It was a beautiful summer day for Vogel family members at the Capitol complex as they headed toward their goal of traveling across the country and eventually reaching all 50 capitols.
Courtney Vogel, a mother of three, was enjoying the sights in the building before heading off to the bathroom, and putting her husband, Jeff, in charge. Then disaster struck.
Their 2½-year-old daughter, Regan, wanted a better view of the sights below the third floor at the Legislative Office Building, and she pushed her head between two railings.
But she got stuck.
Despite having Vaseline put on her head, Regan could not get out for at least 20 to 30 minutes, according to the estimates from the panicked parents.
With the help of Capitol police and maintenance workers, the two railings were pulled apart and Regan was freed. Everyone was happy, including her two older sisters, 7-year-old McKenna and 11-year-old Cally.
"It felt like a day,'' Courtney Vogel said.
When asked what she was trying to see, the 2 ½-year old said, "People.''
The children got gold stickers from the chief as junior officers of the Capitol police – along with plastic fire hats from Rep. Stephen Dargan, a West Haven Democrat who took them under his wing and gave them an extended tour of the Capitol.
The family stopped briefly in Hartford as part of a long haul from Quebec to Delaware. The Vogels visited the Capitol in Montpelier, Vt., earlier this week. When they are not on summer vacation, the Vogels live in Farmville, Va., which has a population of about 8,000.