On Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 10:17 p.m. the Downers Grove Fire Department received a 9-1-1 call regarding a Good Samaritan Hospital maintenance worker who was trapped under heavy machinery in the hospital's mechanical room.
Upon arrival, firefighters found the worker pinned against a wall by two 800 pound air conditioner coils. Department officials called for additional personnel and equipment from the neighboring departments of Lisle/Woodridge, Oak Brook, and Westmont. Members of the Good Samaritan trauma team were on the scene attending to the immediate medical needs of the patient while rescue workers continued extrication efforts. Firefighters worked for one hour and ten minutes to shore up the coils to free the worker. Hospital personnel transported him immediately to the emergency room.
At a press conference held by Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital on January 20, 2011, doctors praised the efforts of all involved in the rescue, describing it as miraculous.