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Downers Grove Firefighters Receive Award For Valor


The 100 Club of DuPage County presented Downers Grove Firefighter/Paramedics (FF/PMs)  Quinn Triplett, Scott Sohn and Andrew Hoff with their Award of Valor at its 2017 Annual Meeting and Valor Awards Night.

On February 4, 2017, FF/PMs Quinn Triplett, Scott Sohn and Andrew Hoff, members of Engine Company 3 encountered a single family home heavily engulfed in fire on the first floor with an occupant trapped in a second floor bedroom.  Engine 3 and Medic 3 simultaneously started a fire attack and attempted an interior rescue but were driven back by the extreme fire conditions.  After arrival of other Downers Grove Fire Department companies, Engine 3 again attempted an interior rescue in the face of personal injury and risk of life. The victim was quickly found and removed through a window.  Downers Grove FF/PMs Triplett, Sohn and Hoff displayed outstanding courage and determination that enabled the victim to be located and removed from the structure.  The victim was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. 

The 100 Club President, Lisa Savegnago, presented the Award of Valor during the annual dinner.  "An act of valor is defined as an action above and beyond the call of duty; and when a person exhibits exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness, and presence of mind as well as unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life", said Savegnago.  "Tonight we recognize three extraordinary individuals for their quick thinking, selflessness and exceptional courage. They are firefighters and paramedics who went beyond the call of duty to risk their lives for their fellow citizen.  It's with great honor that The Hundred Club of DuPage County bestows the 2017 Award of Valor to FF/PMs Quinn Triplett, Scott Sohn and Andrew Hoff ."

"Here in Downers Grove we have great respect and admiration for members of our public safety teams. The bravery exhibited by Firefighter/Paramedics Triplett, Sohn and Hoff, is just one of the reason why the entire Downers Grove Fire Department is held in such high regard," stated Mayor Martin Tully.

"The actions that Firefighter/Paramedics Triplett, Sohn and Hoff are being recognized for exemplify the highest standards of the fire service and are an example of the great people that make up the Downers Grove Fire Department", said Chief Jeff Pindelski, Downers Grove Fire Department. .

Congratulations to FF/PMs  Quinn Triplett, Scott Sohn and Andrew Hoff for a job well done!