Eight first responders were awarded for their quick actions that saved a 15-year-old boy who sustained a gunshot wound to the neck during a shooting in Mundelein in September.
During a Village of Mundelein board meeting Monday evening, the Mundelein Fire Department gave out a Unit Citation award, which is given when a unit has demonstrated exceptional skills, proficiency and dedication to duty while operating at an emergency incident.
Mundelein police officer Kevin Callaghan, Vernon Hills police officer William Ershen, Mundelein Fire Department Lieutenant Steve D’Incognito, firefighter/paramedic John Crispe, Dan Buhrmester, Elias Leva, John Peters, and Clifton Englund, were all awarded.
“The trauma surgeon at Advocate Condell Medical Center stated that if it wasn’t for the quick actions of the police officers and paramedics, the young man would not have survived his injury,” the Mundelein Police Department said.
“The collaborative efforts of the police officers and paramedics resulted in the greatest outcome, a life saved,” police said.
The Mundelein Police Department and Mundelein Fire Department, along with several assisting police departments, responded around 8:33 p.m. September 28 to the 200 block of Longwood Terrace for a report of a shooting.
Police officers found a 15-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the neck. Paramedics transported the boy to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
The boy reportedly underwent surgery twice and was eventually stabilized. Another 15-year-old juvenile was charged in connection with the shooting.