Wednesday, February 7, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh, who commended six firefighters during a Feb. 6 board meeting, takes a photo with the Maywood Board of Trustees. | VFP
Six Maywood firefighters/emergency medical technicians were honored during a regular village board meeting on Feb. 6 for their efforts to rescue a man who jumped into the half-frozen Des Plaines River while trying to flee police last month.
The rescue happened on Jan. 7, after Tamar Green, 22, drove away from a traffic stop at around 1 a.m. Not long afterward, numerous fire departments were called to the area along the Des Plaines near First and Chicago Avenues.
When firefighters arrived, they learned that Green had apparently gotten out of his car and jumped off of the ledge of a bridge and into the river, according to a summary of the incident by Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh.
Maywood firefighters coordinated with at least three other area departments, including the Chicago Fire Department’s heavy rescue unit, dispatched out of O’Hare International Airport.
Firefighters wearing water rescue suits went out on the river on a rope and tether rescue line in order to retrieve Green, who was eventually taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition.
Bronaugh said that the operation was complicated and risky, adding that emergency responders involved in the operation risked “falling through the ice into the extremely frigid water” and “suffering serious or even catastrophic injuries to themselves while working on the lake.”
The six Maywood firefighters/EMT who Bronaugh commended include: Fire Captain Denard Wade, and firefighters Fred Saffold, Daniel McDowell, Keith Chervinko, Jon O’Dowd and Phillip Brooks. VFP
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