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Lake firefighters, rescuers honored for saving 5 from burning home

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Firefighters Ron Swidler, from left, and Scott Rhodes are recognized Saturday by Deputy Chief Tom Krueger for saving civilians trapped in a fire at a home on Apple Hill Lane in unincorporated Lake County near Lincolnshire in March. The presentation was made during a fire district board meeting at Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District Station 53 in Vernon Hills.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Fernando Meir, a Stevenson High School employee, is recognized Saturday by Deputy Chief Tom Krueger for saving a family trapped in a fire at a home on Apple Hill Lane in unincorporated Lake County near Lincolnshire.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Firefighters John McWilliams, from left, and Ryan Shay are recognized Saturday by Deputy Chief Tom Krueger for saving civilians trapped in a fire at a home on Apple Hill Lane in Prairie View in unincorporated Lake County near Lincolnshire. The presentation was made during a fire district board meeting at Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District Station 53 in Vernon Hills.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Deputy Chief Tony Ugaste, left, of the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Department presents the department's annual award Saturday to firefighter Craig Gilsinger during a fire district board meeting at Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District Station 53 in Vernon Hills.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Fernando Meir, a Stevenson High School employee, right, is recognized Saturday by Deputy Chief Tom Krueger for helping to save a family trapped in a fire in March at a home in unincorporated Lake County near Lincolnshire. The presentation was made during a fire district board meeting at Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District Station 53 in Vernon Hills.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

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Three rescuers, along with members of the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District firefighters and paramedics who helped a family of five to safety from their burning home in March, were honored Saturday after an emotion-packed presentation that included those frantic calls to 911.
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    • Firefighters Ron Swidler, from left, and Scott Rhodes are recognized Saturday by Deputy Chief Tom Krueger for saving civilians trapped in a fire at a home on Apple Hill Lane in unincorporated Lake County near Lincolnshire in March. The presentation was made during a fire district board meeting at Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District Station 53 in Vernon Hills.
    • Fernando Meir, a Stevenson High School employee, is recognized Saturday by Deputy Chief Tom Krueger for saving a family trapped in a fire at a home on Apple Hill Lane in unincorporated Lake County near Lincolnshire.
    • Firefighters John McWilliams, from left, and Ryan Shay are recognized Saturday by Deputy Chief Tom Krueger for saving civilians trapped in a fire at a home on Apple Hill Lane in Prairie View in unincorporated Lake County near Lincolnshire. The presentation was made during a fire district board meeting at Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District Station 53 in Vernon Hills.
    • Deputy Chief Tony Ugaste, left, of the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Department presents the departmentís annual award Saturday to firefighter Craig Gilsinger during a fire district board meeting at Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District Station 53 in Vernon Hills.
    • Fernando Meir, a Stevenson High School employee, right, is recognized Saturday by Deputy Chief Tom Krueger for helping to save a family trapped in a fire in March at a home in unincorporated Lake County near Lincolnshire. The presentation was made during a fire district board meeting at Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District Station 53 in Vernon Hills.
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