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Porter Fire Department busy Sunday at area parks

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Porter firefighters were kept busy on Sunday, with multiple calls at Indiana Dunes State Park and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The first call of the day, at 9:02 a.m., Fire Chief Lewis Craig told the Chesterton Tribune today: a hiker via cell phone reporting difficulty breathing somewhere on Trail 8 from the Nature Center. “He said he’d walked as far as he could and then started having trouble breathing,” Craig said. The firefighters’ problem: they were unable immediately to locate the man. Sometime later he made a second call from his cell and this time he reported chest pains. Finally, firefighters found the man in the area of Mount Tom, east of the Devil’s Slide, Craig said. He was transported from the scene by ATV. The PFD cleared at 11:06 a.m.

The second call of the day, at 10:27 a.m., Craig said: a report of a 17-year-old Illinois girl’s having fallen on the pavement of the parking lot after passing out. Craig said that girl—whose face “was banged up pretty good”—was treated at the scene by EMS personnel. She may have been in a weakened state at the time of her accident, Craig noted, as she apparently had gone without breakfast and, in the heat and humidity, had only had coffee and milk that morning. The PFD cleared the scene at 10:46 a.m.

Then, at 4:50 p.m., the PFD’s Dive/Rescue Team was en route to West Beach to participate in the search for the missing Aurora, Ill., man, when firefighters received a call from Porter Beach: this one a report of a missing child. The PFD diverted from West Beach and was en route for Porter Beach when a follow-up report was made: the child had been found.

So the PFD diverted back to West Beach, where its divers worked for nearly four hours without success.

While its divers were in the water off West Beach, the PFD was dispatched once again to the State Park, at 5:49 p.m., after a 7-year-old boy stepped on hot coals in the west parking lot. Craig said that someone had dumped the coals in the lot, then covered them in the sand. The boy was treated at the scene by EMS personnel and then his parents transported him to the Franciscan Alliance 24-hour ER department on Indian Boundary Road. The PFD cleared that scene at 6:17 p.m.

Finally, at 8:43 p.m., the PFD was dispatched to Burns Ditch after a boat was reported sinking near the walking pier. Firefighters located the boat, which, however, Craig said had been abandoned. The boat’s operator apparently “hit something big,” Craig added, as its motor looked to have been “ripped off.”



Posted 7/23/2012