Batinick Resolution Honoring Heroic Oswego Police Officers Adopted in House

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SPRINGFIELD – On Tuesday during the fall legislative veto session, a resolution honoring heroic police action that was introduced by State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) was adopted in the Illinois House. This resolution recognizes Oswego Police Department Officers Rebecca Hayes and Chad Vargas for their quick and decisive actions responding to a life-threatening accident in June.

On June 12th, a northbound car on Harvey Road drove through a stop sign and struck a dump truck hauling a trailer while heading east on Wolf’s Crossing in Oswego. Officer Hayes and Officer Vargas responded to the crash and found the car in the intersection with its engine on fire. While the passenger could exit the vehicle, the driver could not, so Officer Hayes ran around the vehicle to rescue the driver while Officer Vargas extinguished the flames. They then performed lifesaving measures and first aid until paramedics arrived. It was later determined the driver was charged with driving under the influence, among other charges.

“Officer Hayes and Officer Vargas demonstrated the selfless courage of Illinois police officers in their lifesaving and lightning-fast decision making back in June,” said Rep. Batinick. “I’m honored to recognize these two officers who kept their neighbors alive in a life-threatening situation, putting themselves in harm’s way. It’s also important to remember that this situation was preventable and I urge everybody to plan a ride home before drinking and to not drive if you are drinking.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 32 people in the U.S. die in drunk-driving crashes every day. It’s illegal in 49 states to drive with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .08 or higher, including Illinois. However, even a small amount of alcohol can affect a person’s driving ability. NHTSA urges people: if you are drinking, do not drive.