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Homewood public works employees save woman’s life

Kirk Lindstrom (left) Chris DeWall listen as Homewood Fire Chief Robert Grabowski presents two public works employees with Homewod Fire

Kirk Lindstrom (left) and Chris DeWall listen as Homewood Fire Chief Robert Grabowski presents the two public works employees with a Homewod Fire Department “911 Hero Award.” | Ginger Brashinger-Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 26, 2012 6:07AM



Homewood public works employees Chris DeWall and Kirk Lindstrom weren’t expecting to become lifesavers while working a rare Saturday shift.

“We were out at 6 a.m. checking the electricity for the vendors at the Fall Fest Chili Cook-Off, so we went out for a late breakfast,” DeWall said.

The Saturday morning became a little more eventful when a woman ran out of the bathroom at the Blueberry Hill Pancake House yelling for someone to call 911.

DeWall said he ran to the bathroom, knocked on the door and entered to find a waitress passed out on the floor.

DeWall said he was sure she had hit her head in the fall.

“She had a pulse, and I just kind of stabilized her,” DeWall, a former paramedic, said.

As Lindstrom called 911, the waitress began to have a “pretty significant seizure,” DeWall said.

His paramedic training kicked in, and DeWall and Lindstrom were able to keep the waitress from being injured further until the Homewood Fire Department arrived.

“Kirk was scrambling around trying to help me to help her,” DeWall said.

DeWall and Lindstrom were honored recently with the Homewood Fire Department’s “911 Hero Award” for their life-saving actions.

“Securing her airway probably did help save her life,” Homewood Fire Chief Robert Grabowski said as he presented the award.

DeWall said he and Lindstrom weren’t expecting any recognition. They were just glad to help.

“It was a team effort,” DeWall said. He said he and Lindstrom, who have worked together for six years, were just in the right place at the right time.

“It’s one of those things. You see somebody in need and you just want to do what you can to help,” he said.



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