Wauconda teen youngest to earn lifesaving award
By Frank Abderholden firstname.lastname@example.org September 12, 2013 1:16PM
Wauconda 16-year-old Megan Ringel receives the McHenry County Sheriff Office’s Citizen’s Lifesaving Award from Sheriff Keith Nygren. | Photo submitted
Updated: October 15, 2013 7:04AM
A 16-year-old Wauconda girl was given the McHenry County Sheriff Office’s highest civilian honor, the Citizen’s Lifesaving Award, for saving a man who was found on the ground not breathing.
Megan Ringel was visiting a friend in the 5000 block of Wildwood Drive on Aug. 16 when she heard people calling for help. She ran over to find a 34-year-old man, who has a history of seizures.
Ringel began CPR, which she first learned when she was in Girl Scouts and then again at a township baby sitting class. Most recently, she participated in CPR training as part of a health class at Wauconda High School.
Ringel began CPR on the victim giving him chest compressions. Then she repositioned his head to open his airway and she gave him three rescue breaths, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim then began to choke and gasp for air. Rescue personnel arrived on the scene and transported him to Centegra Hospital McHenry where he made a recovery.
“Because of Megan’s quick thinking and life-saving actions, the victim survived,” said McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren.
She is the youngest recipient to ever receive the Citizen’s Lifesaving Award from the Sheriff’s Office.