First responders, including a 911 dispatcher, were given lifesaving awards on Tuesday during a fire district board meeting for contributing to saving the life of Ken Stec in Huntley on December 9, 2023. | Provided Photo

Firefighters, paramedics and a dispatcher were honored with lifesaving awards for saving the life of an elderly man who went into cardiac arrest in Huntley.

Fire officials said Barbara Stec noticed her husband, Ken Stec, struggling to breathe on December 9.

Barbara, without haste, called 911 and answered the dispatcher’s questions.

The two determined Ken was going into cardiac arrest and the Huntley Fire Protection District was dispatched to the scene.

Paramedics performed lifesaving measures on Ken and transported him to the hospital, leading to his survival.

On Tuesday, the Huntley Fire Protection District invited Ken and Barbara to attend their monthly board of trustees meeting.

Lifesaving awards were given to Barbara, SEECOM dispatcher Natalie and Fire Station 5 Black shift crew.

“Because of all their efforts combined Ken is still with us today,” the fire district said. “Early identification and prompt CPR saves lives.”

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