Rock Falls City Council to Recognize Emergency Responders


On Tuesday, March 19th, two Rock Falls Police Officers will be recognized with a Lifesaving Award at the regular meeting of the Rock Falls City Council.

On Wednesday, February 14th, at approximately 12:30pm Rock Falls Police were dispatched to a medical assist in the area of Route 40 and Interstate 88. The 9-1-1 caller was reporting she was a passenger in a vehicle in which the driver had become unconscious and was not breathing.

The caller and the other passenger were able to get the vehicle stopped and began attempting to perform CPR with assistance from the instructions of the 9-1-1 dispatcher. The caller was not from the area and was unable to immediately provide an exact location.

Rock Falls Police, Rock Falls Fire, and CGH EMS were dispatched to assist. Rock Falls Police located the vehicle on Route 40 just north of the Interstate 88 overpass. Once on scene, Rock Falls officers removed the unconscious male from the vehicle. One began chest compressions while another prepared an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The AED was applied to the man’s chest and delivered one shock as responders from Rock Falls Fire Department and CGH EMS arrived to take over treatment.

The man was transported via ambulance to CGH Medical Center where he was hospitalized in the CCU for several days before being discharged to a rehab center. He has since been released from the hospital to recover at home.

The 9-1-1 dispatcher, along with Fire and EMS personnel will also be recognized for their efforts in this response.

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