Lake Co. Deputy Coroner Saves Family from Flooding

The family, including a young boy, were submerged up to their chests in their car Monday night.

A Lake County deputy coroner is being hailed as a hero by a Lincolnwood family of four for getting them out of their car that was partially submerged in water in Lake Bluff during Monday night’s flooding, according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Le family, including their 4-year-old son and mother-in-law, were up to their chests in water on Route 41, but refused to get out of the car. So Jason Patt went in to get them and then brought them to his coroner’s truck to warm up, the article says.

You can read the full Sun-Times story of the rescue here.

Wow, way to go Jason Patt! Mark Curran would have probably just called an ambulance:( Jason Patt for Lake County Sheriff!
Paul Haggis May 18, 2014 at 06:18 PM
You should see the Lake Bluff Police press release. It didnt quite happen the way Patt said it did. Just glad the children were saved
Paul Haggis May 18, 2014 at 06:21 PM
The Patch should follow up with the Police Department, doesnt seem the Patts story adds up...
Paul Haggis May 19, 2014 at 08:23 PM
The news sun got their story from Patt but didn't get any information from the police and fire departments that were there, talk about two different stories...maybe someone should look into it
Rick Lesser May 20, 2014 at 08:09 AM
The Lake Bluff Police Report is dramatically different from Patt's story. In Patt's story, the water in the cab is up to the family's chests, he convinces Le to allow him to take a child to safety and then leads them, one by one, to safety. In the police report, the "flooding around the vehicle was up to the bottom of the door jam and was not life threatening at that time." The officer orders the family out of the car and after some hesitancy, they all get out of the car together. Deputy Patt allows the family to sit in his truck while Le talks to the officer in the officer's squad car. The officer tells Le that his car will be towed and where to claim it later Patt then gives Le and his family a ride to the nearest gas station.


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