(CBS) – Chicago first-responders rescued a man at 75th Street and the lakefront this afternoon.
CBS 2′s Pamela Jones observed the Chicago Fire Department and police at the scene. Divers were able to reach the stranded person, under treacherous and freezing conditions.
“The victim was huddled up on the ice. It didn’t look like he’d broken all the way through yet, so he was just kind of stuck out there,” Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class John Palmer told CBS 2 at the scene.
The fire department said the rescued man, who is in his forties, was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition.
Rescuers don’t know what the man was doing on the ice or how long he had been there.
Curt Isakson is a 35 year veteran of the fire service. Curt is currently a Battalion Chief for Escambia County Fire Rescue. Previously worked 9 years with the Pensacola Fire Department where he was assigned as the Company Officer on Rescue 31. Curt’s fire service experiences started at a young age as a Junior firefighter with the Midway Fire Protection District and rose through the ranks to Captain. He has worked in volunteer, career, and combination departments.
Curt has held all ranks up to Battalion Chief and been assigned to operations, training, inspections, and was Chief of Special Operations for 7 years. Curt owns and operates County Fire Tactics that covers a very diverse range of fire service topics, as well as Firefighter Rescues, a site that documents rescues made by firefighters around the country.
He has annual contracts with numerous departments to provide standardized monthly training for these departments that respond daily together under an automatic aid agreement. Curt teaches nationally to include; FDIC, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, Orlando Fire Conference, Atlanta Fire Conference, Bowling Green State University, and owns/operates the annual HROC, COBC, WOTF, CFT ODP on Pensacola Beach. He is a Florida Certified Fire Officer, Instructor, Inspector, Arson, and FLUSAR.
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