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Crystal Lake first responders honored for rescuing girl found unresponsive in lake

Photo provided by the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department

The 6-year-old who was pulled unresponsive from the water at Three Oaks Recreation Area last month in Crystal Lake has fully recovered and on Wednesday met with the responders who helped her.

“Today, we were honored to have Bella and her family at City Hall to meet some of her rescuers,” the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department posted on Facebook.

Bella was pulled from Vulcan Lake at Three Oaks Recreation Area, 5517 Northwest Highway in Crystal Lake, on July 17.

Crystal Lake Police Department Deputy Chief Tom Kotlowski said that police and fire crews were called to a report of a young girl who was found unresponsive face down in the water. Police said that witnesses and lifeguards helped remove the girl from the water and began CPR.

Photo by Alex Vucha

Paramedics arrived and began providing advanced life support treatment to Bella, police said. She was transported by ambulance to Centegra Hospital – Huntley where she was then flown to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge in stable condition.

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On Wednesday, just a few weeks after the incident, Bella met with paramedics, a lifeguard, a 911 telecommunicator and a beach patron who all participated in “providing for a successful outcome”, fire officials said.

“Bella, you hold a special place in our hearts and we are incredibly grateful to see you doing so well!” the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department said on Facebook.


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