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Posted on: October 14, 2015

Lombard Firefighters Receive Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Run of the Year Award

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On September 23, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital presented the Run of the Year award to Lombard Firefighter Paramedics; Lt. Frank Gallione, Tim Hogan, and Adam Kruckenberg, for their professional efforts in saving the life of a college student.

Elmhurst firefighters responded to an early morning fire call in February of 2015, which triggered a “change of quarters” for Lombard Firefighters, requiring them to cover Elmhurst’s Fire Station 2. At 4:30 a.m., Lombard firefighters responded to the call of an unconscious person found outside in frigid temperatures at an Elmhurst residence.

The victim, a 20 year old male college student, was exposed to -10°F temperatures with a wind chill of -25°F for an extended period of time and was found frozen to a driveway. The 9-1-1 call was made by a homeowner who was going outside to warm up his car, when he discovered the victim. Lombard Firefighters were able to remove the individual from the surface of the driveway and began to provide life-saving methods of emergency medical service including warm intravenous fluids to help increase his body temperature. The victim suffered hypothermia and frostbite, and spent two days in intensive care, but made a full recovery and was released from the hospital several days later.

This rescue was a combined mutual aid effort shared by surrounding communities and included paramedic assistance and ambulance transportation from Oakbrook Terrace. For more information please contact Lt. Frank Gallione at 630-620-4572, or email

Pictured right to left: Lombard Fire Chief Paul DiRienzo, Lt. Frank Gallione, Lombard Firefighter Adam Kruckenberg, EMS Coordinator for Elmhurst Hospital Andrea White, Lombard Firefighter Tim Hogan, two Oakbrook Terrace paramedics, and Elmhurst Hospital Emergency Department Director Michelle Meziere.

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