Honoring Heroes Who Help Save Lives

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is celebrating National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week, May 21-27, 2017, and EMS Children’s Day, May 24, 2017, by recognizing the important contributions and dedication of paramedics, police, firefighters, and other first responders who provide day-to-day lifesaving services. The recipient of this year’s EMS Hero Award is Todd Zobrist of Pocahontas, Illinois. On the morning of March 16, 2017, Zobrist and members of the Highland Ambulance Service responded to a call of a car being driven into a lake.  On their arrival, they found the vehicle submerged with only 12 to 15 inches of the car above water.  Zobrist jumped in the 40 degree water and was able to pull an infant from the submerged car to on top of the vehicle where he began CPR.  Zobrist’s immediate and courageous actions have been attributed to saving this infant’s life.