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Chicago Fire Department Foundation 2023 Civilian Life Saving Award

St Ignatius student John Hennelly

On October 2nd, the St. Ignatius Cross Country team was on their run along Chicago’s Lakefront.  St Ignatius Junior John Hennelly noticed a man yelling for help and struggling to stay afloat in water.  John sprang into action and directed two people nearby to throw him a buoy. The Chicago Fire Department was notified and the man was able to stay afloat until the fire department’s dive team was able to bring him to safety.  His efforts prevented a man from drowning in Lake Michigan.

As a result of John’s leadership, quick thinking, and actions he is awarded the 2023 Civilian Life Saving Award.