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Oswego Man Meets Kendall Deputies Who Saved His Life

Feb 15, 2017 05:12PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Picture, left to right: Jeff Miller, Deputy Zack Tongate, John Clark, Deputy Casey Kailus

Two Kendall County Sheriff's Deputies recently met with an Oswego man whose life they saved with an AED. 

On December 29, 2015, deputies were dispatched to the 600 Block of Douglas Street, Oswego, for a report of a man who had collapsed. Deputy Zach Tongate was nearby the home, and rushed to help. Upon arrival, Tongate found John Clark unresponsive on the floor.

Clark had been hosting a Bible study group at his home, and was in a prayer circle when he collapsed from cardiac arrest. His friend, Jeff Miller, immediately began CPR. 

 “It was a literal collapse. No sounds, he just fell down," Miller said. 

As an Eagle Scout, Miller was highly trained in CPR, and a retired Aurora Police Officer was also on hand and immediately called 911. 

After Tongate arrived along with Deputy Casey Kailus they immediately began to utilize the AED devices that had been outfitted in their patrol vehicles just a few months before. When Oswego Fire Protection District paramedics arrived a short time later, Clark was rushed to the hospital where he was later given a pacemaker. 

“God definitely had his hand in the event, there were too many coincidences. Had I had the heart attack minutes later, the prayer group would have been gone," Clark said. "Deputy Tongate also happened to be very close, had just been equipped with an AED, and had received training very recently too. There are just too many coincidences for God to not have had his hand in this incident."

Clark went on to say that he wanted to meet with the deputies in order to show the positive side of law enforcement. Clark, Miller and the deputies all met Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Kendall County Sheriff's Office.

"With the recent negative views on Police in the media lately, I felt it was important to show them the positive parts of the job they do," Clark said. 




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