McHenry Township Fire Chief commends citizens for using first aid to save a life

When Ron Krupp of Lisle went into cardiac arrest Dec. 7 while giving a eulogy at a funeral service at the Church of Holy Apostles in McHenry, his quick-acting son and two nurses successfully used CPR and an AED to save his life.

“The first shock brought him back to life,” Fire Chief Tony Huemann said.

For their heroic actions, Huemann recognized the Huntley Hospital nurses, Debbie Waterson and Gazette Deluz, and Krupp’s family who acted swiftly to save Krupp’s life at the McHenry Township Fire Protection District Board of Trustees meeting Thursday evening. Huemann and fire district staff thanked the Krupp family and the nurses with mugs and pens.

Huemann told the nurses they should be proud of stepping up in a situation they didn’t have to step up for.

“I wanted to recognize them because they acted so quickly and [his family] recognized what was happening to their father. Nurses came out of the crowd, nobody knew they were nurses but they came to help,” he said.

Huemann highlighted the importance of becoming trained to handle emergency situations.

“I wanted to get this information out there to everyone else that if you know CPR jump up and help. If you don’t know CPR go do CPR. Go get CPR certified because it’s going to save someone’s life,” he said.

Situations such as these don’t always end up fortunate, Huemann said.

“When someone goes into cardiac arrest like that, it’s over,” he said.

Huemann wasn’t the only one who wanted to thank the citizens. It was Krupp’s wife, Betty, who reached out to Waterson and Deluz wanting to recognize them.

“I wrote to these ladies, ‘We were strangers when we walked into that church, but when we walked out, we were family,’ ” Betty said.

But for them, the recognition wasn’t the important part of the night. Roger Krupp, fire investigator and deputy fire chief from Clarendon Hills, who told Father Paul White to get the AED, said it’s about spreading awareness about having the tools to handle emergencies.

“I wasn’t coming to get a special recognition. We were just coming up here to talk about why it’s important to have these tools there,” Roger said.

Huemann said it was thanks to Father Paul having an AED in the church that Krupp is alive.

The McHenry Township Fire Department regularly offers CPR, AED and Health Care Provider classes.

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