Off Duty ISP Trooper Comes to the Aid of Ailing Citizen
Campton Hills, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) District Chicago Trooper Demetrio Torres was honored by the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District (FRCFR) with a lifesaving award on Monday, April 22. Trooper Torres was acknowledged for his participation in helping save the life of a citizen during a basketball game. Also in attendance at the presentation were friends and family of Trooper Torres, ISP command staff, and local community leaders.
On March 2, 2013, at approximately 7:45 a.m., Trooper Torres was walking out of Christ Community Church in St. Charles, Illinois, when he observed unusual activity taking place in one of the facility’s basketball courts. Trooper Torres immediately ran over to the gathering crowd to investigate what was taking place. Trooper Torres observed a man, later identified as Matt Krueger, 37, of Genoa, lying on the floor.
Trooper Torres checked Mr. Krueger for vitals and noticed he was having difficulty breathing, and then stopped breathing altogether. Trooper Torres along with the assistance of a Good Samaritan began administering CPR. Trooper Torres provided rescues breaths while the Good Samaritan provided chest compressions. Another Good Samaritan retrieved an automated external defibrillator (AED) and set up the device with Trooper Torres’ assistance.
Upon attachment of the pads, the AED began assessing Mr. Krueger’s condition and immediately advised a shock should be delivered. Following the administering of the shock, Mr. Krueger appeared to start breathing and responding on his own.
Trooper Torres and the Good Samaritans continued to monitor Mr. Krueger’s condition until FRCFR paramedics arrived and were able to transport him to an area hospital. Mr. Krueger is expected to make a full a recovery.
Mr. Krueger was not able to attend the award ceremony on Monday, but continues to express his great appreciation for the service Trooper Torres and the other rescuers provided him that day.
“Trooper Torres’ selfless actions and outstanding leadership during this critical lifesaving situation are in keeping with the highest standards of the Illinois State Police,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau.
“Too many times do the heroic actions of our law enforcement partners and members of the community go unnoticed,” said FRCFR Chief Greg Benson. “This was an opportunity to recognize several individuals for their positive contributions to society,” added Benson.
From left to right: FRCFR Chief Greg Benson, Trooper Demetrio Torres, Lieutenant David Byrd