A service mechanic of Grossinger Cadillac in Lincolnwood, Russ Villano, became an instant local hero after helping to resuscitate an 83 year old man who had collapsed from a cardiac incident. Villano was on his way to pick up a car at Grossinger’s auxiliary lot when he noticed the elderly man lying on the sidewalk.
Villano found the man to be barely breathing, with only the slightest trace of a pulse. He then quickly sprung into action, calling upon the CPR training he had received some twenty years ago. He asked another bystander to call 911, and continued his CPR until paramedics arrived at the scene.
Villano later learned that the 83 year old man had been suffering from a cardiac incident. EMS workers informed him that the man had survived and had undergone a procedure to implant a pacemaker and an automatic defibrillator at St. Francis Hospital, Lincolnwood.
According to Fire Chief Mike Hansen, Villano “was in the right place at the right time,” and the 83 year old man “got a guardian angel and good EMS help after that.” Grossinger Cadillac couldn’t be more proud of their employee turned local hero.