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Three VHPD Officers Receive Lifesaving Awards

Three of VHPD's finest were honored with Lifesaving Awards at the meeting of the Vernon Hills Village Board on 2/21/17.

Sgt. Shannon Holubetz and Officer Sharon Joseph were recognized for their use of the overdose antidote Naloxone.  On September 14, 2016 Sgt. Holubetz (left) responded to a possible overdose. After assessing the situation, Sgt. Holubetz promptly administered the antidote. The patient showed little improvement and a second dose was administered.

On January 23 of this year, Officer Joseph (center) was dispatched to a possible heroin overdose situation. She too evaluated the conditions and administered not one, but two doses of Naloxone, but the subject failed to respond. Additional arriving officers provided Officer Joseph with their supply of Naloxone, which she promptly administered.

At the awards ceremony,. Chief Fleischhauer praised Sgt. Holubetz and Officer Joseph for their prompt and decisive action.

On December 2, 2016, while on patrol in a park, Officer Chelsea Britten (right) observed a subject laying in a vehicle with the windows closed. Upon checking further, Officer Britten found the man inside to be unresponsive. Officer Britten opened the door and found a charcoal grill burning inside it. It was later learned that the subject had very little time left had Officer Britten not intervened. Chief Fleischhauer praised her for her observation, instinct, diligence and quick action.

Congratulations to all! Vernon Hills is proud of you!

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