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Local Heroes Get Recognition

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Honors First Responders at 'A Cut Above' Award Ceremony.

Courtesy of Kelly Klopp

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital today recognized the exemplary efforts of local first responders at its annual A Cut Above Award Ceremony held at the hospital’s ambulance bay. Hospital officials were joined by members of the fire departments of Grayslake, Knollwood, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire/Riverwoods, Mundelein, North Chicago and Wauconda to honor first responders for their quick response and efforts that saved lives.

“Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital hosts this annual event to highlight the critical work our first responders are performing every day for our citizens,” said Thomas J. McAfee, president of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. “The firefighters and paramedics recognized today represent the very best of our community.”

The first responders recognized include:

Firefighters/paramedics Mark Amour, Jeff Germann, Matt Penar, Paul Schebel, and Rich Schrems of the Lincolnshire/Riverwoods Fire Department, along with Lieutenant/paramedic Andy Allan of the Lake Forest Fire Department, who worked together quickly to save the life of a 47-year-old woman at the Grainger Company.

Firefighters/paramedics Mark Berkinshaw and Eric Muhlbach of the Grayslake Fire Protection district, who battled dangerous, icy conditions to save a man and his dog submerged in water.

Lake Forest Fire Department firefighters/paramedics Eric Globerger and Nick Savel who saved a 64-year-old-man who became unresponsive while playing golf.

Wauconda Fire Department Lieutenant Rod Feltner, firefighter/EMT Dean Kujawa and firefighters/paramedics John Spratt, Luke Stasieczek, Mike Warchal and Mike Young, who kept a cardiac arrest from turning deadly by responding quickly with advanced life support care.

Mundelein Fire Department Battalion Chief Matt Carey and firefighter/paramedics Mike Dippel, Marek Koksinski, Dave Meyers, Steven Zurek, and paramedic student Megan Gordon, who were dispatched to a car accident with injuries. Among the passengers was a boy with autism, whose injured mother was worried that he would not understand what was happening or react well to the crew. The entire department had recently completed two courses in autism awareness and, with great patience and conviction, the crew was able to assist the boy in coping with the accident.

Lake Forest Fire Department firefighter/paramedic Tony Deram, Lieutenant/paramedic Michael Gallo, and firefighter/paramedic Eric Globerger quickly implemented a pre-hospital EKG, coupled with advance notification to the emergency department, making a real difference in saving a life.

North Chicago firefighters/paramedics Raul Jon Herrera, Wilton Hill, Jason Laniosz, Patrick Michael, and Joe Schimanski, with Shift Commander Keith Humphres, safely transferred a manseriously injured after falling from a tree, who was conscious but disoriented and combative, to a spinal cord center.

Knollwood Fire Department Battalion Chief Erik Kositzki was nominated by Department members for his overall dedication to improving emergency medical services, including gaining the ability to certify volunteers as first responders, performing blood sugar analysis, glucagon administration, carrying automatic external defibrillators and initiating advanced life-support interventions.

The annual awards are presented in memory of Anthony M. Gallo, Jr. of the Schaumburg Fire Department. Firefighter Gallo was fatally injured in the line of duty on December 16, 1977.

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