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Posted on: May 23, 2022

Press Release- Special Recognition

Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District

1020 West Algonquin Road, Lake in the Hills, IL  60156



Incident Press Release


For Immediate Release

May 23, 2022


Contact:  John Knebl, Deputy Chief

847-658-8233 Headquarters

847-854-2609  Fax



Special Recognition


The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District is proud to honor, Southeast Emergency Communications (SEECOM Dispatch) Telecommunicator, Jodi Kaalaas at this Wednesday’s Fire Trustee meeting at 5:00pm for her assistance in the delivery of a new born baby.


Telecommunicator Kaalaas calmly provided emergency medical instructions to the Algonquin parents over the phone when she received the 911 call from the husband stating his wife was in labor. Before the ambulance arrived on the scene Ms. Kaalaas continued giving instruction as the baby was born. The paramedics arrived within four minutes to continue providing care for mom and their newborn baby. Both were transported to an area hospital and are doing well.

Emergency dispatches are the unsung heroes of emergency services. They are in the background providing critical information to assist callers and provide valuable information to first responders. While dispatcher assisted childbirths are rare in McHenry County, with only a small number happening every few years. Dispatchers must be prepared to handle any type of emergency 911 call. To be prepared, dispatchers must become trained and certified nationally through The National/International Academics of Emergency Dispatchers. By obtaining this certification, it allows dispatchers to provide the needed information for any situation in which they receive a 911 call. The ALFPD would like to thank all emergency dispatchers for their dedicated service in providing the valuable services needed.    


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