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A soldier’s story

Kevin Lamb shows pictures of Afghanistan during the program. Lamb served in the 2nd and 4th Infantry divisions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The program, called ‘A Soldier’s Story’ included a dinner, the slide show, a question and answer period and an award presentation.

Mike Titre (above, left) of God Bless the Troops stands with veteran Kevin Lamb and his father, Dave. They are showing the award presented to Kevin. It is a print called “The Defender,” which represents the fallen
soldier. Kevin is an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who won two commendations of valor. The local award was presented on Oct. 27 at the Elburn Lions Club.

Photos by John DiDonna

Red Cross names Hometown Heroes

Two of seven award winners are from Elburn
by Martha Quetsch
Dr. Laura Lemke and U.S. Army Cpl. Kevin Lamb, both of Elburn, were named 2009 Hometown Heroes on Friday in recognition of their outstanding actions on behalf of others.

They were among seven area recipients of the honor bestowed by The Fox River Chapter of the American Red Cross during its seventh annual Hometown Heroes awards program Friday at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva.

Lamb received a U.S. military medal of valor for his actions on Feb. 22, 2007, in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. That night, he helped as a grenadier to clear an enemy stronghold after lead forces suffered mass casualties. According to the Army, he reacted “with the aggression and discipline of an experienced combat veteran.”

homeheroes_1 Lamb, 20, since has been promoted from a private to a corporal, and expects to become a sergeant next month. Stationed in Colorado Springs, Colo., Lamb made the trip to Geneva for the Hometown Heroes ceremony.

Lamb said he did not feel like a hero, since he was “just doing his job,” but finds it “awesome” to be considered one by the Red Cross, as well as by his family.

Lamb received the Military hero award and Dr. Lemke was named the Medical hero, for administering life-saving chest compressions and CPR during the Elburn Days Festival last August to a man who was stricken with a heart attack and had no pulse.

homeheroes_2 When she heard that a man had collapsed in the parking lot at Lions Park, she said she “handed off (her) baby and ran” to the victim. She remembers his 3-year-old daughter watching from the back of the family’s car.

“I was grateful to be in the right place at the right time. And I’m thankful this family still has their dad.”

Other award recipients were Jim Wheeler of St. Charles, the Adult Good Samaritan hero, who started Toys for Kids in the Tri-Cities; Geneva Police Sgt. Tim Baker, the Community Safety hero, a 15-year volunteer for Operation Snowball, a local alcohol, tobacco and drug-use prevention program; Michael Donahue of Geneva, the Environmental Impact hero, a wind energy developer; Jonathan Cross of Oswego, the Medical hero, a Delnor Hospital emergency room technician who saved the life of a man suffering a heart attack on I-88; and Nicholas Amatangelo, the Youth Good Samaritan hero, a St. Charles Eagle Scout who coordinated a collection of more than 10,000 items to send in care packages to U.S. troops overseas.

Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez emceed the awards ceremony. During the event, Greg Hoskins, chairman of the Fox River Chapter, American Red Cross, thanked the many business sponsors of the awards, including Delnor Community Hospital. He called them “heroes,” too, for their generosity.

“We simply could not put on this event without their help,” Hoskins said.

Let our Hometown Heroes inspire

If you read page 1A of this week’s Elburn Herald, you will learn about two Elburn residents named Hometown Heroes by the Fox River Chapter of the Red Cross. These are two oustanding individuals who performed significant feats in the face of danger (Cpl. Kevin Lamb) and a medical emergency (Dr. Laura Lemke).

As proud as everyone in our communities must be of these two individuals, we hope their stories inspire others to engage in their communities and serve as everyday “hometown heroes.”

One way is to take part in an upcoming training series called the Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.), held in Elburn on Thursdays from March 26 to April 30 at Village Hall, 301 E. North St., Elburn.

For emergency responders, such as police, firefighters and EMTs, there may be no bigger fear than the idea of an incident so severe that they are unable to meet the demand of a public in need.

Whether it is due to the sheer magnitude of the incident and victims, or due to reasons like blocked roadways or failing communications, emergency providers have learned from past disasters regular citizens are often more than willing to help when emergency responders are unable to.

With that in mind, emergency responders throughout the nation offer a series of training events to help citizens learn how to prepare for, and react to, such a disaster. This series takes citizens through a variety of topics, ranging from preparing for disasters to fire suppression to emergency medical activities.

Having just a little bit of training can help citizens help each other in those critical moments right after disaster strikes.

We urge everyone in the Elburn community who is available during those training hours to attend, and we hope that you will never need to put the information into practice.

To register for the C.E.R.T. training, visit www.elburn.il.us, click on Police, and then click on Cert. For more information, call Sgt. Ron Brandenburg, (630) 387-8743 or e-mail him at rbrandenburg@elburn.il.us.