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Fire district to honor life-saving actions

CAMPTON HILLS – The Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District is expected Monday to honor six people who helped save the life of a man at Christ Community Church last month.

Fire Chief Greg Benson said a group of men was playing basketball at the St. Charles Township Church on March 2 when one suffered cardiac arrest. The others – Tim Sjostrom, Ron Newman, Demetrio Torres, Mike Stoner, Marcos Hernandez and Lee Miller – quickly reacted, he said, explaining they got an automated external defibrillator, called 911 and began CPR.

“The group that’s being recognized collectively did all the things that were necessary to resuscitate him, so when the ambulance got there, he was conscious and alert,” Benson said.

Quick response is vital in such situations because the chances of resuscitating a person in cardiac arrest lowers as more time lapses, Benson said.

The group and a representative from Christ Community Church have been invited to the fire district’s monthly meeting set for 7 p.m. Monday in Campton Hills.

This incident reinforces the importance of having an automated external defibrillator, Benson said, noting the church has several.

Fire district personnel are seeing more of the easy-to-use life-saving devices, he said.

But, he added, “We’re not seeing as many as we should.”

One of the individuals to be honored Monday is an off-duty Illinois State trooper trained in CPR, Benson said, encouraging everyone to learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

“You don’t know where or when you’re going to may end up needing it,” Benson said. “It can make that difference.”

The fire district will teach small groups how to do CPR, Benson said. Call 630-584-3473.

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