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Westmont Fire Department presents Lifesaving and Employee of the Year awards

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 9:04 a.m. CDT

WESTMONT – The Westmont Fire Department honored several of its firefighters and paramedics during the Feb. 20 Westmont Village Board Meeting.

“We have an excellent team of professionals working for the Fire Department,” Westmont Fire Chief David Weiss said. “It’s my privilege to be able to recognize them for their dedication and service.”

Chief Weiss and EMS Coordinator Lynn Dralle first presented Lifesaving Awards to five fire department personnel for their role in providing advance life support care for a resident who had reported chest pains, but then wen unresponsive and pulseless.

The techniques administered by the first responders helped save the resident's life, and he has since fully recovered.

If not for the swift, expert action of these individuals, the Fire Department Awards Committee feels that the patient would not have survived, Weiss said.

Receiving Lifesaving Awards were: Westmont Fire Department Lt. John Barnacle and fire marshalls Eric Klass, Darrell Parrish, Chris Gerlich and Kathy Furgala.

Chief Weiss then presented their annual Employee of the Year Award to Kevin O’Hare. A member of the department since 2001, O’Hare was cited for positive attitude and excellent work ethic.

“We have a great group of men and women at the Fire Department,” Weiss said. “Kevin was selected from a pool of many deserving candidates. I want to personally congratulate him on this award and let everyone know that he will represent our Department well.”

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