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McConnaughay spotlights Lake in the Hills officers for saving man’s life

     Sgt. Michael Boyce (left)                 Officer Chad Riffe (right)

State Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) spotlights the courageous efforts of Sgt. Michael Boyce and Officer Chad Riffe from Lake in the Hills for saving the life of a man in his 30s who went into cardiac arrest after falling down a flight of stairs.

From the Northwest Herald:

Sgt. Michael Boyce and Officer Chad Riffe were honored with Life Saving Awards at Tuesday’s meeting of the Huntley Fire Protection District Board of Trustees.

Lake in the Hills Deputy Chief Pat Boulden said the officers responded to a call of a person down at an address on Larkspur Lane.

Police arrived on the scene before fire personnel and found the man had fallen down the stairs, was unconscious and not breathing. Caudle said the man went into cardiac arrest because of a medical condition he didn’t know he had.

The officers began CPR and attached an automated external defibrillator, which advised them to continue CPR, Boulden said. They continued treating the man until fire personnel arrived and took over.

Caudle said the officers’ actions saved the man’s life. The man regained a pulse, and Boyce and Riffe stayed to help fire personnel as they went through the process of taking him to the hospital.

“From what we were told, the prognosis is extremely good,” Caudle said.

Caudle said the Huntley Fire Protection District conducts CPR training for all of the police departments they work with, and it’s not unusual for police to begin helping patients if they arrive on the scene before fire personnel.

Boulden and Caudle said this incident is an example of why the departments place an emphasis on officers having those medical skills.

“It is pretty normal nowadays that law enforcement is trained in CPR and AEDs,” Caudle said. “This is a prime example of the teamwork between law enforcement and fire.”

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