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First-responder hospitalized after saving stranded driver from floodwaters

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:40 p.m. CDT

LEMONT – A first-responder from Lemont was hospitalized and later released Thursday after rescuing a driver whose car was swept up in the eddying floodwaters.

“He placed the safety of the motorist above his own,” said Lemont Police Chief Kevin Shaughnessy. “I'm very proud of the young man.”

The man was a Lemont Emergency Management officer assisting with traffic control at the road closure at 135th Street and Archer Avenue in the midst of Thursday morning's downpour.

As a driver attempted to redirect his car to avoid the standing water, his vehicle was caught in a current and pulled inward until it was halfway submerged in the flood.

The officer rushed to the driver's aid, running into the water, entering the vehicle and bringing the man to land.

Following the rescue, the officer suffered from exposure and exertion. An ambulance was called, and he was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. he was later deemed fit for release.

Shaughnessy declined to name the officer at this time. He will be publicly recognized by local officials at an upcoming Lemont Village Board meeting.

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