Two Kane County sheriff’s deputies and a ComEd employee ending a 16-hour shift are being credited with saving a driver from the wreckage of a burning automotive Tuesday evening.
Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain mentioned veteran Deputy Steven Turcios and recruit Deputy Ryan Reichardt — who has solely been on the job about three months — have been dispatched to the 6N900 block of Dunham Road close to Lamplight Trail at 9:43 p.m. for a report of a single-vehicle crash on the outskirts of Wayne.
The driver was headed south on Dunham Road when the car left the street and struck a utility pole earlier than careening right into a ditch and coming to relaxation on its roof, authorities mentioned.
“When they arrived the car was overturned and on fire,” Hain mentioned. “They were able get the driver out and pull him to safety away from the vehicle.”
ComEd spokesperson Jazmin Rangel mentioned Mike Curtis, an overhead electrician specialist, had simply completed up his shift and was heading house “when he saw a flash and drove toward it.”
Curtis found the car overturned in a ditch with energy traces wrapped round it and instantly referred to as in to his headquarters to request energy be shut off to the traces, Rangel mentioned. Shortly thereafter, the deputies arrived.
Curtis helped the deputies take away the motive force, who was slipping out and in of consciousness, from the wreckage.
Fox River & Countryside Fire Protection District Fire Chief Bert Lancaster lauded the trio for his or her heroics.
“The quick actions of everyone on scene provided the ability to rescue the victim and extinguish the fire preventing any more harm to the victim,” he mentioned.
Hain mentioned the 41-year-old South Elgin driver was transported to Delnor Hospital in Geneva, however was later transferred to Loyola Medical Center due to the severity of his accidents. The driver reportedly suffered from inside bleeding after the crash.
The explanation for the crash stays below investigation, however the sheriff’s workplace mentioned the motive force has been charged with drunken driving.
Hain added that Reichardt is ending up the final weeks of a 3 and a half month area coaching project with Turcios, after which has about 9 months remaining on his one-year probationary interval.
Turcios is a five-year veteran of the sheriff’s workplace.
The sheriff mentioned each deputies will obtain lifesaving awards at an annual summertime ceremony the division levels.