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On Thursday, June 18, Lombard Fire Lieutenant and EMS Officer, Frank Gallione presented a stork award to firefighters who assisted in the emergency delivery of a baby of a woman in Lombard.
Tim Hillesheim, John Studnicka, Dale Farris, Joe Kaforski, Galen Cardott and Lt. Tony Sally were presented the Stork Pin Awards for their medical assistance during a baby delivery in January of 2015.
Joanna Koppang went into labor while riding a train on the Metra west train line to Wheaton, where her husband was waiting to take her to the hospital. Koppang’s labor progressed quickly and she was forced to exit the train in Lombard, before the Wheaton stop. Lombard Fire Department crews were dispatched to the scene to provide medical assistance to Koppang during her emergency birth.
Lombard firefighters are required to be cross-trained as paramedics in order to provide immediate emergency medical treatment when responding to calls. These Lombard firefighters used their paramedic training to react quickly to this medical emergency. Koppang’s baby was delivered safely in a Lombard ambulance, with the assistance of the awarded Lombard firefighters. Joanna Koppang and her family helped present the stork awards to the firefighters involved with the birth of her daughter. “These firefighters handled a very tense situation,” said Gallione. “Thanks to these guys for a wonderful job and the successful delivery of baby Abby.”