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Article updated: 1/27/2012 11:59 AM

Palatine police laud resident for aiding reservoir rescue

By Kimberly Pohl

Palatine police say they'll likely alert the village's awards committee to a resident's assistance recently in saving a fellow citizen in a life-threatening situation.

The committee will determine how to honor Palatine resident Marie Thurston, who called 911 on Jan. 21 after hearing a woman yelling for help then spotting her in the freezing water at Hamilton Reservoir, 1037 N. Smith St.

The 45-year-old woman had fallen into the icy water while trying to get her golden retriever off the ice, authorities said.

Police lauded Thurston for staying on the phone with the 911 operator, passing along important information to dispatch and continuously encouraging the victim to hold on until rescue workers arrived.

Her quick actions prevented a possible tragedy, police said.

Palatine police Officer Dave Brandwein and police assistant Kevin Freese responded and carefully approached by crawling on the thin ice while the victim kept her head above water and held onto the edge.

Brandwein and Freese pulled her out of the water and then officers Angelo Calanca and Pete Dawson moved her off the unstable ice and into the care of paramedics.

The victim was taken to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights with nonlife threatening injuries.

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