Two Lake County sheriff’s deputies are being hailed for saving the life of a man who accidentally shot himself and ruptured an artery at a residence near Mundelein Saturday afternoon.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Mundelein Fire Department and Countryside Fire Protection District responded around 2:45 p.m. Saturday to the 28400 block of North Fremont Center Road in unincorporated Mundelein for a report of a person shot.
Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli said sheriff’s deputies arrived and found a 32-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg.
The man was bleeding profusely and losing consciousness, Covelli said.
Deputy Ryan Nirva and Deputy Ryan Eagar began immediate life-saving measures and applied a tourniquet to the man’s leg, successfully stopping the bleeding.
A preliminary investigation shows the man was cleaning his gun, which was loaded, and accidentally shot himself in the leg, Covelli said.
The man was transported by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where he was rushed to emergency surgery.
Covelli said it was determined the discharged round struck the man’s femur bone and likely ruptured his femoral artery. The man remains in serious but stable condition at the hospital.
“Deputies Eagar and Nirva immediately jumped into gear and undoubtedly saved this man’s life by applying a tourniquet to stop his bleeding. Not too many professions exist where ‘another day on the job’ involves saving a person’s life, but my staff understand this is always their number one priority,” Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said.