Buffalo Grove firefighters and paramedics were recently honored for saving the life of a driver who crashed their car into a frozen pond and became partially submerged in water.
Buffalo Grove Fire Chief Mike Baker said his department along with the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District responded around 6 a.m. on February 2 to 901 East Deerfield Parkway in Buffalo Grove.
A vehicle was partially submerged in a frozen pond, Baker said during a Buffalo Grove Village Board meeting last month.
Fire crews arrived and confirmed that a person was still inside the vehicle.
Rescuers found the victim, who was disoriented and suffering from hypothermia, partially submerged in water inside the vehicle.
Firefighter/paramedics Brian Potesta and Scott Renshaw helped remove the victim and place them in a rescue basket, Baker said.
The victim was transported by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
Baker said the victim made a full recovery and later returned home.
“The efforts and performance of all personnel involved resulted in the rescue of the victim. Without their interventions, expertise and timeliness, the outcome of the incident could have been tragic,” Baker said.
The department recognized Potesta and Renshaw, along with Battalion Chief Ron Two Bulls, Battalion Chief Shawn Collins, Acting Lt. Chad McCormick, Engineer Nick Wehrheim, Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Schroeder, Firefighter/Paramedic Austin Eaton, Acting Lt. Tyler Petersen, Engineer Joshua Himmelspach, Lt. Steve Rusin, Engineer Dennis Quill and Firefighter/Paramedic Kyle Dalton.