Bolingbrook, Naperville fire departments earn Edward Hospital EMS "Run of the Year"

October 31, 2019

Edward Hospital has awarded its 2019 EMS (Emergency Medical Services) “Run of the Year” to members of the Naperville and Bolingbrook Fire Departments for a lightning strike and water rescue on Sept. 3, 2018 of a father and son who were fishing on a pond located on the border between Naperville and Bolingbrook.

Upon arrival, the 13-year-old boy told firefighter/paramedics that his father had been struck by lightning and was in the water, but wasn’t sure of the location. Fire and EMS crews found the father fully submerged. After pulling him out of the water, they began resuscitation efforts. Treatment continued during transport to Edward Hospital’s Emergency Dept. (ED). The father later passed away from his injuries, but helped seven other patients because he was an organ donor.

The son was taken to the Edward ED where he was treated for a leg injury and released.

The “Run of the Year” recipients were honored in a ceremony at Edward Hospital’s monthly Management Team meeting on Oct. 15.

The recognition capped off the year-long “Run of the Quarter” program, through which Edward Hospital has honored System EMS providers since 2015. Teams are selected based on excellent communication from the field, excellent work in gathering information, clear and thorough documentation, superior clinical assessment skills, heroic behavior in the field, and superior partnership and teamwork with Edward Hospital.

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