The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office has recognized Daniel Hibbeler and Randall Ho for lifesaving actions that took place on April 10, 2013 at 6:53 A.M.. Both were presented with the Citizen’s Lifesaving Award, the highest citizen honor presented from the Sheriff’s Office.
On April 10, 2013 at 6:53 A.M. Daniel Hibbeler, an off duty McHenry County Conservation Police Officer and Randall Ho, helped Deborah “Deb” M. Furstenau. Deb was traveling eastbound on Route 14, north of Park Lane Drive in Woodstock, when she lost control of her vehicle in the rain and struck a 2005 school bus. Deb’s 1997 Plymouth Breeze caught fire after the collision. Trapped inside, Deb yelled for help to get her out and to not let her burn inside her vehicle. Dan on his way to work, saw the crash occur, and stopped to render aid. Randall, who resides nearby, heard the crash and came outside to render aid. Together, Dan and Randall pulled the jammed vehicle door open and pulled Deb out of her burning car. Deb’s vehicle became fully engulfed within minutes of her rescue. Others assisted Deb with blankets and comfort until police and fire rescue personnel arrived on the scene.
During the ceremony, Daniel and Randall were presented with a plaque and a lifesaving medal. Deb attended the ceremony with family and friends. The last time the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office awarded a Citizen Lifesaving Award was in July of 2011.
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