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Illinois State Police commend 11 for rescuing woman from Huntley retention pond

Libertyville resident rescued from submerged vehicle, resuscitated by passers-by

On Aug. 3, a group of people rescued a woman from a submerged vehicle off Interstate 90. The group was recognized by Illinois State Police on Wednesday.
On Aug. 3, a group of people rescued a woman from a submerged vehicle off Interstate 90. The group was recognized by Illinois State Police on Wednesday.

A group of 11 good Samaritans who helped save a Libertyville woman who rolled her vehicle into a Huntley retention pond earlier this month received commendation letters from the Illinois State Police on Wednesday.

About 3:15 p.m. Aug. 3, Joanna C. Girmscheid was exiting Interstate 90 on the southbound Route 47 ramp when she lost control of her vehicle and flipped over into a retention pond, according to a news release from the Illinois State Police.

A group of individuals traveling on I-90 observed the crash and decided to take action.

While some called 911 to the report the incident, others entered the pond to rescue Girmscheid from the submerged vehicle.

Girmscheid was unconscious when she was pulled out of the water, police said.

However, the good Samaritans were able to revive her with CPR before emergency responders arrived to take her to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin.

“The Illinois State Police would like to recognize these citizens for their quick thinking, bravery and lifesaving actions,” ISP Director Leo Schmitz said in a statement. “There is no greater reward than saving the life of another human being. They were all heroes that day.”

Those who helped were Derek A. Fivelson of Gilberts, Molly J. Fivelson of Gilberts, Jesus T. Flores of Round Lake, Patrick K. Gaughan of Marengo, Frankie R. Gonzalez of Sandwich, Ismael Gutierrez of Aurora, Donald J. Hataway of Machesney Park, Cpl. Nathan P. Jennings of Machesney Park, Nicholas B. Mason of Sycamore, Evelyn Pagan of Hampshire and Matthew J. Worden of Belvidere.

All were recognized by Girmscheid, Schmitz, ISP District 15 Capt. Robert Meeder and Illinois State Tollway Chairman Robert Schillerstorm for their actions.

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