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Cicero firefighters, police officers receive awards

Cicero Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jon Barrett, left, shows some of the department’s lifesaving equipment to cardiac arrest victim Kurt Wossner and Ann Cross after an awards ceremony Oct. 19. Wossner was saved by similar equipment by the CFD in February.

Cicero Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jon Barrett, left, shows some of the department’s lifesaving equipment to cardiac arrest victim Kurt Wossner and Ann Cross after an awards ceremony Oct. 19. Wossner was saved by similar equipment by the CFD in February. Photo by Sarah Hall.

— Wossner attended Saturday’s event and handed out Life Saving Awards pins to firefighter Dave Vivenzio, firefighter Mark Bedigan, Second Assistant Chief Ronald Barling, Debbie Eastwood on behalf of her father, Past Chief Leslie Eastwood, and Lt. Shawn Shippers.

“I would just like to say again, I really thank everyone that was involved,” Wossner said. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you.”

Cicero Supervisor Jim Corl also read a legislative resolution honoring the members of the fire and police departments for their lifesaving efforts.

“I just want to express, on behalf of the town of Cicero, our gratitude for all of the Cicero Fire Department members and volunteers and the Cicero police force, which work greatly together for the benefit of our community,” Corl said. “When they’re working together, you can see the great benefits of saving lives.”

Corl presented each of the firefighters and police officers honored with a copy of the resolution.

Barrett said he was proud to head up the department, which has clocked at least two saves a year since 2007.

“I’m just happy to be here and say I’m the chief, and I know that these awards are going out because of the training and the dedication we put into this organization,” Barrett said.

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