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Record #: R2014-534   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 7/30/2014 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 7/30/2014
Title: Gratitude extended to Department of Transportation employees David Torres, Alex Hampton, Christopher Haskell and John Vyhnanek for heroic efforts
Sponsors: Emanuel, Rahm, Pope, John, Quinn, Marty
Attachments: 1. R2014-534.pdf
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
CITY OF CHICAGO
RAHM EMANUEL
MAYOR
July 30, 2014








TO THE HONORABLE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO


Ladies and Gentlemen:

I transmit herewith, together with Aldermen Pope and Quinn, a congratulatory resolution concerning CDOT Personnel.

Your favorable consideration of this resolution will be appreciated.

Mayor

Very truly yours,

resolution

ALDERMAN JOHN POPE
ALDERMAN MARTY QUINN Resented by MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL


YVflBITBCtS ' °n *ne arternoon of September 28, 2013, four quick-thinking and selfless Chicago Department of Transportation employees averted tragedy by freeing a severely injured motorist from a flaming vehicle; and

WHEREAS, While driving on the 7200 block of South Pulaski Road in the West Lawn neighborhood, a motorist lost control of her car, which crashed into a light pole and burst into flames; and

WHEREAS, The accident occurred near a Department of Transportation worksite, where an asphalt crew was repairing the busy thoroughfare; and

WHEREAS, Hearing the crash, the crew rushed to the burning vehicle, giving no thought to their own safety and ignoring the risk of injury; and

WHEREAS, The crew braved the flames, safely removed the driver from harm's way, and called 911; and

WHEREAS, The members of the Department of Transportation crew responsible for this heroic rescue are Asphalt Foreman David Torres, Motor Truck Driver Alex Hampton, and Laborers Christopher Haskell and John Vyhnanek; and

WHEREAS, These men are all proud union members, representing the Laborers International Union of North America, Local 1001, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 700; and

WHEREAS, The asphalt crew's exemplary efforts enabled the Chicago Fire Department to transport the driver to the hospital, preventing further injury and possibly even death; and

WHEREAS, The bravery and self-sacrifice demonstrated by these City employees is an outstanding example of the importance of community and solidarity to all C...

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