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Ill. first responders get Medal of Valor for rescuing woman

By Dan Moran
The Lake County News-Sun

ROUND LAKE, Ill. - For the first time in village history, medals of valor were awarded Monday to a quartet of first-responders who rescued a woman last October from a situation that could have cost them their own lives.

"I was the fifth guy there, and I can tell you they struggled," said Deputy Police Chief Francis Foy of the Oct. 24 incident, in which two police officers, a firefighter and an off-duty sheriff's deputy swam out into a retention pond to save a woman who had driven her car into the water 70 feet from shore.

"Right as they pulled her out, the car went under. It was amazing," Foy added. "(The Medal of Valor) has never been given out by our department, but we have no doubt she would have died if it wasn't for them."

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