At 4:15 am, on April 15, 2020, Rosemont Public Safety Department (RPSD) was dispatched to Interstate 190 in Rosemont for a multiple vehicle accident.
Approximately 25 vehicles were involved in a pile-up collision due to snowy road conditions. Crews were met with cold temperatures, active snowfall, and roads so icy that it was difficult to walk without slipping. Cars were piled up in a manner making it difficult to access the victims.
The first ambulance on scene, RPSD Ambulance 169, was staffed by Metro Firefighter-Paramedics Daniel Farias and Patrick Marshall. Upon arrival, they immediately began assessing the scene and field-triaging the vehicle occupants. The second ambulance on scene, RPSD Ambulance 168, was staffed by Metro employees: FF-Paramedic-In-Charge Brian Guderian, Firefighter-Paramedic Angelina Maschietto, and Paramedic-In-Field-Training Ryan Jordan.
Incident command called for additional resources from Chicago, Des Plaines, and Park Ridge Fire Departments. FF-PIC Guderian was assigned medical command for the incident and the remaining Metro employees were active in triage and transport roles. All RPSD Metro employees did a great job in managing a complex MCI MVA scene. In all, 4 patients were transported to local hospitals and 23 were evaluated and released at the scene.
Congratulations to RPSD for being honored with the Metro Paramedics April 2020 Call of the Month, and thank you for your dedication and great work!