- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Quick action by Waukegan firefighter Marcus Jackson saved the life of an accident victim with a punctured lung. Jackson is among the winners of the Illinois Department of Public Health EMS Hero Awards.

The awards go to volunteers, paramedics and others who respond to emergencies. Next week is Emergency Medical Services Week.

Jackson performed a needle decompression, inserting a needle into the driver’s chest to re-inflate the lung, at the scene of a car accident in October.

Other EMS Hero winners include Brian Churchill, Lisa Churchill and Bob Gotterman, who together revived a man with heart problems at the Springfield airport last year.

Also honored is Barrington teenager Brendan Gould, who called 911 when his father collapsed at home. He performed CPR following a dispatcher’s instructions, saving his father’s life.


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