Letter: Elburn emergency responders take extra step

By on October 1, 2009

This past Friday, Sept. 25, my husband was outside on a gorgeous day here in Elburn stacking firewood.

Enjoying the weather, whistling a tune, he suddenly felt his back spasm and collapsed to the ground, unable to move. He was in pain but he could talk well enough—husband can always talk—and soon enough we decided that the best course of action was to get him to Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

We placed a 911 call, and I was shocked that approximately two minutes later—at least it felt that way to me—the paramedics were at our door. Talk about a fast response, I’m still amazed.

The medics were kind and attentive to my husband and soon realized that they were going to need help to move my husband. The dear man was in so much pain, he yelled where ever he was touched. The medics decided to handle him with utmost care.

Therefore, they decided to call in the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District for backup assistance. The next thing I know, firemen were at my door, helping to secure my husband safely and comfortably out the door and into an ambulance.

After speaking with my husband briefly in the ambulance, I turn around to see all the firemen loading and finishing the stacking of wood that had caused my husband all this attention in the first place.

My heart broke just a little to see such kindness and compassion in this day and age where, most of the time all you see is jealousy, anger and resentments.

I am sincerely hoping that the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District members that came out too to help us, and the medics as well, get an extra treat in the goodie bags this season for they all sure deserve it. Thank you so much again.

Lola Salamon