Deputy, two workers injured in tent collapse

Daily Herald report
Updated 7/13/2011 12:16 PM

A Cook County Sheriff's deputy and two workers from the Sheriff's Work Alternative Program were injured when powerful winds caused the collapse of a tent under which they had sought cover from Monday morning's storms.

The deputy was supervising seven SWAP workers who were cleaning up after Palos Hills' Family Fest, which took place this weekend at 110th & 88th Avenue, near Moraine Valley Community College, according to the sheriff's office.


When storms hit the area about 8:30 a.m., the group ran for cover. One of the tents from the Family Fest event collapsed, and a pole struck the deputy on duty in the head and injured the two workers, the sheriff's office said.

The deputy and one of the SWAP workers were taken to Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and the other SWAP worker was taken to Palos Community Hospital. All three are expected to be released later Monday.

SWAP diverts nonviolent, misdemeanor offenders out of the Cook County jail system and puts them to work across the area under the supervision of trained personnel.