Twin Lakes Fire Department honors recent life-saving work

Twin Lakes Rescue EMS Chief Darrel Stoen (left) chats with Joseph Sheedy.

Twin Lakes Rescue EMS Chief Darrel Stoen (left) chats with Joseph Sheedy.

Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue celebrated two recent instances where teamwork — with an assist from a new piece of equipment — saved two cardiac patients.

Those involved were awarded save pins at a ceremony at the fire station Monday evening.

Emergency Medical Services Chief Darrel Stoen said that the events were worth recognizing because while cardiac patients are often saved short-term these two patients both have made long-term recoveries.

“A lot of them we save, but they don’t last longer than a few days,” Stoen said.

The first case took place on July 3, when personnel responded for a call for Joseph Sheedy, 73, of Twin Lakes, who was found unconscious and not responsive. Family membes performed CPR as did Twin Lakes police officer and eventually Twin Lakes Rescue personnel as well. A paramedic intercept was called for from Richmond Fire Department and Sheedy was transported to Centegra McHenry.

Sheedy and his wife, Pamela, were at the ceremony.

“We can’t thank you all enough,” said Pamela Sheedy, a former ER nurse. “It’s been the most amazing experience — tragically at first and then unbelievably, everything worked. And it doesn’t every happen this way. I was an emergency room nurse and I know, It doesn’t happen this way and it’s just wonderful when it does.”

A key part of saving Sheedy was the use of a Lucas tool, which performs “near perfect” CPR compressions, Stoen said. The department had had only one such tool, but with a donation from the Sheedys, purchased another so there will be one on each ambulance. Each Lucas tool cost $14,000.

Recognized for their roles in the July 3 call were: TLPD Police Officers Kevin Saunders, Ron Francis and Joshua Cooper; Twin Lakes Rescue personnel Andy Haase, Darrel Stoen, Ed Komes and Kevin Tietz; Twin Lakes Fire Department personnel Stan Clause, Alan Stolp and Jeremy Knoll; Richmond paramedics Keven Barnes and Eric Schwind; and Twin Lakes dispatcher Kathleen Zito. Stoen also credited members of Sheedy’s family with starting CPR.

Here is video of Stoen giving the full story and Stoen and Cindy Amore from Centegra passing out awards:

The other case took place on Aug. 18 in Randall. That patient was not able to make the ceremony and was not named Tuesday night, but Stoen said he is recovering well.

On Aug. 18, Twin Lakes Rescue and Randall Fire Department personnel were dispatched for a 63-year-old patient who was unconscious but breathing. Family members were having a difficult time awakening the patient. A paramedic intercept was called for from Town of Salem Fire/Rescue and the patient was transported to Aurora Hospital in Burlington.

Recognized for their roles in the Aug. 18 call were: Dispatchers Stacy Niebuhr and Erin Saunders; Randall Fire Department personnel Matthew Gronke, Matthew Gall and Michael Kaphengst; Twin Lakes Rescue personnel Samantha Roath, Ken Johnson and Alan Stolp; and Town of Salem Fire/Rescue paramedic James Lejcar.

Here is video of Stoen giving the full story of the Aug. 18 call:

The Lucas tool also was used in the second call. In this video, Stoen demonstrates the tool:

Here are some more photos from Tuesday:


Twin Lakes Rescue EMS Chief Darrel Stoen demonstrates the Lucas Tool, while Pamela and Joseph Sheedy look on.


Pamela Sheedy chats with Twin Lakes Fire Chief Stan Clause.


The group involved in the July 3 call posed with Joseph and Pamela Sheedy.


The group involved in the Aug. 18 call.


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