Local Heroes Get Recognition

On November 1, 2013, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital recognized the exemplary efforts of local first responders at its annual A Cut Above Award Ceremony held at the hospital’s Health Education Center.

Hospital officials were joined by members of the fire departments of Grayslake, Lake Forest, Countryside, Gurnee, Long Grove, Mundelein, Newport and Wauconda to honor first responders for their quick response and efforts that saved lives.

“At this annual event, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital joins our local fire departments to commend our firefighters and paramedics and recognize the team efforts that saved lives,” said Thomas J. McAfee, president of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. “Those first responders honored today represent the very best of our community.”

Photos from the day's event are below. Read the press release for complete details on all who were recognized.

 

  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Battalion Chief Pete Siebert, Lake Forest Fire Department; Robert Kiely, Jr., Lake Forest City Manager; firefighter/paramedic Stephen Grost, Lake Forest Fire Department.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Lake Forest firefighter/paramedic Cory Kazimour and his family at the A Cut Above ceremony.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Thomas J. McAfee, president of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, welcomes the firefighter/paramedics and their families to the ceremony.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Left to right: firefighter/paramedics Stephen Grost, Dave Tisinai, Cory Kazimour and Patrick Issel, all of the Lake Forest Fire Department.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Battalion Chief Pete Siebert and Deputy Chief Patrick Issel of the Lake Forest Fire Department step forward to receive their awards.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Battalion Chief Pete Siebert, Lake Forest Fire Department; Deputy Chief Patrick Issel, Lake Forest Fire Department.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Mike Peters, MD, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital; Battalion Chief Pete Siebert, Lake Forest Fire Department; Bob Kiely, Jr., Lake Forest City Manager; Deputy Chief Patrick Issel, Lake Forest Fire Department.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Lieutenant Mike Gallo, firefighters/paramedics Stephen Grost, Dave Tisinai, Cory Kazimour, Paul Pugliese, Patrick Issel, Erik Kositzki, Deputy Chief Kevin Issel, Battalion Chief Pete Siebert, and Chief Jeff Howell of the Lake Forest Fire Department.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Firefighter/paramedic Dave Tisinai, Lake Forest Fire Department; Don Tisinai.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Chief John Christian, Grayslake Fire Department; Dawn Frank, Chief Mark Kirschhoffer, Newport Fire Protection District; Chief Fred Friedal, Gurnee Fire Department.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Chief John Christian and Lieutenant Mike Higgins of the Grayslake Fire Department; Mary Ann Zemla, RN, Northwestern Grayslake; Thomas J. McAfee, President, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital; Dawn Frank, RN, Director of Northwestern Grayslake Emergency Center.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Lieutenant Mike Higgins and Deputy Chief Greg Formica of the Grayslake Fire Department.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Mark Kokosinski, wife and daughter Anna.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Members of the Mundelein, Long Grove and Countryside fire departments accept their awards from the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital emergency team.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Lt. Bill Lark and firefighter/paramedics Dave Myers, Marek Kokosinski, Kurt Rodewald and Steve D’Incognito of the Mundelein Fire Department.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Chief Tim Sashko; firefighers/paramedics Kurt Rodewald, Marek Kokosinski and Steve D’Incognito; Lt. Bill Lark; firefighter/paramedic Kurtis Roman; Deputy Chief Tim Leidig.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Firefighter/paramedic Marek Kokosinski and his daughter, Anna.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Firefighter/paramedic Scott Rans from the Gurnee Fire Department, with his daughter Ava.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Chief Mark Kirschhoffer of the Newport Fire Protection District accepts his award from Chris Beach, MD, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.
  • A Cut Above Award Ceremony
    Chief Mark Kirschhoffer of the Newport Fire Protection District; his wife Pat Kirschhoffer; Scott Rans, firefighter/paramedic from the Gurnee Fire Department, holds his daughter Ava; Scott’s wife Casey Rans.