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Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital to Recognize Local First Responders

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital October 20, 2015

From rescuing a man who fell 30 feet off a construction site to shocking a man 15 times to restart his heart, a group of more than 40 firefighters will be honored for their heroic actions

LAKE FOREST, IL – Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital will honor the exemplary efforts of first responders throughout Lake County at its annual “A Cut Above” ceremony at 11 a.m. on  Oct. 23, 2015 at the hospital located at 660 N. Westmoreland Road in Lake Forest.
“Every year our local firefighters and paramedics do extraordinary things to save lives,” said Thomas J. McAfee, president of Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. “Quite simply, there are people in our community who would not be here without the expertise and quick actions of our first responders. I want to thank them for their bravery, for their teamwork and for representing the very best of our community.”
This award is presented in memory of Anthony M. Gallo, Jr, of the Schaumburg Fire Department, who was fatally injured in the line of duty in 1977. Anthony Gallo Jr’s son, Lake Forest Battalion Chief Mike Gallo, will be speaking at the event along with Michael Ankin, MD, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at Lake Forest Hospital and Aaron Epstein, MD, medical director of the Lake Forest Hospital.
Hospital officials will be joined by members of the fire departments of Grayslake, Lake Forest, Round Lake, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Northbrook and Mundelein to honor their firefighters and paramedics.

Those honored will be:

  • Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Tony Carraro. On his day off, Carraro witnessed an accident at Route 45 and Grand Avenue. Carraro not only performed CPR on an injured passenger until the fire department arrived, but he called over an ambulance parked across the street and organized other bystanders to help secure the scene.
  • Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Scott Knesley, Battalion Chief Duane Christensen, Firefighter Dave Benson, Firefighter Nick Gambro, Firefighter Jeff Germann, Firefighter Jeff Gibson, Firefighter Steve Shetskey, Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Protection District Lieutenant Mark McManaman, Firefighter Bryan Bergles, Firefighter Pat Pollin, Firefighter John Santner and Northwest Community Hospital EMS Educator Diana Neubecker. Crews from several departments came together to manage a difficult and chaotic scene when a person who fell 30 feet off a construction site.
  • Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District Lieutenant Eric Hair, Firefighter Anthony Bloxton, Firefighter Ryan Nelson, Firefighter Walter Madsen, Firefighter Nick Norlin, Firefighter Mike Turf and Firefighter Dan Zeimet worked for more than an hour to extricate a man out of his car after he spun into a 10-foot ravine. The crew used a ladder as a bridge to reach the patient and pulled him to safety using ropes and a basket.
  • Libertyville Firefighter Tom Pitel, Firefighter Michael Stanek and Firefighter Jared “Woody” Woodward quickly recognized that a 54-year-old woman was suffering from a stroke and transported her to Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital’s certified stroke center where she received the clot-busting medication she needed.  
  • Grayslake Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Mike Rutkowski, Lieutenant Mike Higgins, Firefighter Griffin Byers, Firefighter Mauricio Galarza, Firefighter Jason LoBue, Firefighter Ian Mandigo and Firefighter Pat O’Conner helped save the life of a 63-year-old man who developed chest pains after shoveling snow in February 2015. A total of 15 shocks were delivered to the patient who eventually received a cardiac catheterization.
  • Lake Forest Fire Department Lieutenant Andrew Allan, Firefighter Richard Brija, Firefighter Chuck Kriens and Firefighter Christopher Roberts helped a 61-year-old UPS driver who had a completely blocked right coronary artery. It took only 46 minutes from the time EMS called the Lake Forest Hospital emergency department to when the patient received his cardiac balloon.
  • Lake Forest Fire Department Firefighter Richard Brija helped a 9-year-old girl who came to the Lake Forest Hospital in respiratory distress. X-ray results showed she had pneumothorax and pneumomediastinum and she was transported to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s hospital in Chicago for successful treatment.
  • Northbrook Fire Department Lieutenant Steve Morris, Engineer Dan Herr, Firefighter Jim Uhlin, Firefighter Eric Pelot, Firefighter Darren Boyce and Northbrook Police Officer Eric Gustason helped save the life of a 52-year-old man who collapsed at a local tennis club. After CPR, the crew used a defibrillator twice to restart the man’s heart.
  • Libertyville Fire Department Firefighter Michael Stanek, Firefighter Justin Haedt, Firefighter Andy Yarc, Mundelein Fire Department Firefighter Tim Starkey and Firefighter Kevin Miller. In May 2015, the two crews worked together to save an unconscious patient who had no pulse by providing accurate and aggressive advanced life support care.
 The year’s ceremony will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2015 at the Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, 660 N. Westmoreland Road. Media are welcome to attend.

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