Surface Ice Rescue Incident — 1300 Block of McDowell Road

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — At 4:49 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a 911 call from a third-party caller who advised a child had fallen through the ice into a retention pond at an apartment complex located in the 1300 block of McDowell Road. PSAP immediately dispatched a rescue response assignment bringing two engine companies, two truck companies, one water rescue unit, two ambulances and two incident commanders to the scene. The assignment brought a total of 21 initial personnel to the incident. After the initial dispatch, PSAP immediately requested a water rescue box alarm from MABAS Division 16 which mobilized divers and shore support personnel from four surrounding fire departments.

Engine 4 and Medic 4 arrived on scene within four minutes of being dispatched and reported that there was a child in the center of a retention pond, surrounded by ice. Personnel immediately began operations to perform a surface ice rescue of the victim. The victim is an 11-year-old male who was able to communicate with rescue personnel and advised that his feet were stuck in the muddy bottom. A Naperville Police Sergeant deployed a rescue disc that was thrown to the victim as fire department personnel made entry into the ice-covered pond. Fire Department personnel had the victim removed from the water within four minutes of arriving on the scene.

The victim was moved into a waiting paramedic ambulance where he received medical treatment. The patient was transported to Edward Hospital in stable condition. There were no injuries to any firefighters operating at the scene. The Naperville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Naperville Police Department. Station coverage was provided by the Wheaton and Plainfield Fire agencies during this incident.

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