Wheeling Fire Department and Long Grove EMTs received life saving and company citation awards at the Dec. 5 Wheeling Village Board meeting for firefighters who saved the life of a 48-year-old female succumbing to cardiac arrest.

Wheeling Fire Chief Mike McGreal presented the awards to all involved in the Aug. 30 incident where they received a 9-1-1 call for an unresponsive person. Alarm operator Jacqueline Miller handled the call, recognized the female patient was in cardiac arrest, and walked her son at the scene through CPR instructions until first responders arrived.

Wheeling Engine 42 arrived with Lt. Jason Macauley, firefighter/paramedic Jeff Goolish, and firefighter/EMT Joe Dina who took over performing CPR. The closest ambulance was Long Grove’s ambulance 55. 

While on scene, the two crews worked together to bring the patient back to life. As of now, the patient is out of the hospital recovering with a positive outcome.

“This incident is a shining example that the system works,” McGreal said. “Three separate crews that don’t train together, or even operate under the same Emergency Medical System, worked together to provide the highest level of care for this patient.”

Alarm operator Miller was presented with a life saving award. Wheeling Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Menzel, Macaulay, Goolish, Dina and Long Grove Fire Protection District firefighters/paramedics Mike Gallagher and Nick McDowell were presented with company citation awards.

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