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Long Grove Fire Protection District news

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As a Long Grove Fire Protection District crew participated in continuing education for cardiac arrest protocols, a man sounded his truck’s horn at the station’s garage doors seeking help last month.

Chief Robert Turpel issued commendations Monday night to his firefighters and the registered nurse who was providing the cardiac arrest training for saving the life of Christopher Loeber, 58, of Long Grove. 

Loeber was heading to work on July 16 when he began having breathing problems. After finding his rescue inhaler empty and unable to speak, he decided against calling 911 and figured the firehouse was his best shot for help. He pulled his truck in front of the fire station’s doors at about 10:10 a.m.

CPR and advanced life support were provided to Loeber, who was without a pulse for possibly up to three minutes. His pulse returned with adequate cardiac output on the way to Good Shepherd,

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Mount Prospect Fire Department news

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Jadale Mitchell has a standing invitation from Mount Prospect firefighters to stop by the station. Firefighters even offered the irresistible enticement of station house cooking to encourage the 13-year-old to drop by.
Jadale, an eighth-grader at Holmes Junior High, first met the firefighters under very different circumstances in September. That’s when the teen who lives with a genetic mutation in his heart suffered cardiac arrest shortly after arriving home from school, and his friends and first responders firefighters teamed to save his life.

“I was playing with my friends, and my heart stopped,” Jadale said, recalling the Sept. 26 episode as he and firefighters reunited Tuesday night at Mount Prospect village hall.

A friend called 911 and performed CPR until first responders firefighters arrived. It took seven minutes to revive him.
He was airlifted to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, where he underwent surgery involving cutting a nerve to reduce the flow of adrenaline. He spent the next three weeks in the hospital recovering, some of it in an induced coma.
Now showing no signs of impairment, Jadale appeared before the village board Tuesday to thank the first responders firefighters who helped save him and watch as five were honored for their actions.
Lt. Mike Ghawaly and firefighter/paramedics Scott Slaasted, Phil Ellenbecker, Craig Rodewald, and Jon Schram received the Zoll Clinical Save Award for their efforts.

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