Six Good Samaritans who helped rescue a three-year-old from Diamond Lake in Mundelein and perform CPR on the unresponsive child were presented awards Monday evening.
Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz and Mundelein Fire Chief Bill Lark recognized Scott Sroka and Dustin, Jaimie, Hannah, Emma and Sammy Epstein after a Mundelein Village Board meeting Monday.
Scott Sroka and the Epstein family were enjoying their day on Diamond Lake on June 13 when they noticed a commotion and a woman in great distress near the boat launch area.
Fire officials said Scott Sroka and the Epstein family swam back to help.
They learned that a three-year-old child had slipped beneath the surface of the water and could not be found.
The group began searching for the child in the dark and murky water. Scott Sroka “miraculously” pulled the unresponsive child from the water, fire officials said.
Scott Sroka and Hannah Epstein immediately began performing CPR, which resulted in the child opening their eyes at the scene while Emma Epstein calmly relayed information to the 911 dispatcher.
Mundelein firefighters and paramedics arrived within minutes and provided additional care before transporting the child to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
“We are pleased to say the child was released from the hospital the following day,” the fire department said. “The heroic actions of these individuals resulted in the greatest of outcomes, a life saved.”
Scott Sroka and the Epstein family were awarded the Outstanding Citizen Award by Mayor Lentz and the Citizens Life Saving Award from Chief Lark for their efforts.