Westmont firefighter receives 2015 Award of Valor

Westmont Fire Department Lt. Josh Turen is among several area first responders to receive the 100 Club of DuPage County’s 2015 Award of Valor.

Turner, along with Elmhurst Police officers John Pacewic and Margaret Hopkins and Oakbrook Terrace officer Jason Sluzewicz, will receive the award during the club’s 33rd Annual Dinner and Awards Night. The dinner, scheduled for Oct. 28 at the Lisle/Naperville Hilton, recognizes first responders for their acts of courage and heroism.

On April 29, the Westmont Fire Department responded to a fire alarm in the King Arthur Court apartment complex. Upon arrival, there was heavy brown smoke and the report of a person still in the apartment.

Turen entered the apartment to search for the victim, but was forced back by the intense heat.

He retreated from the apartment until a charged hose line was in place. Once in place, fire crews proceeded into the apartment and extinguished the fire.

While the crew was extinguishing the fire, Turen located the victim approximately 12 feet inside the apartment and removed him to safety.

Lisa Savegnago, president of the club, will present the Award of Valor to the recipients.

“It is with great honor to bestow the 2015 Award of Valor to Officers Pacewic, Hopkins, Sluzewicz, and Lt. Turen,” Savegnago said. “They all put their lives on the line, without hesitation and with courage, to save the life of another. Their leadership and devotion to their duty and their community is unparalleled. They are true heroes.”

Woodridge sets veterans celebration for Nov. 5

As Veterans Day approaches, the village of Woodridge is inviting residents to honor military men and women for their past and present service during a celebration at Village Hall.

The celebration is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Village Hall, 5 Plaza Drive.

Downers Grove Library earns Readers’ Advisory Services Award

The Downers Grove Public Library announced that it has been awarded the first Readers’ Advisory Services Award from the Illinois Library Association Reference Services Forum.

Nominated by library Director Rick Ashton, Book Genie “fulfills a major strategy of our 2012-2014 Strategic Plan, to ‘maintain a focus on books and reading and associated services.’ To accompany and enhance our traditional Readers’ Advisory work, we have developed a new, online, interactive advisory service.”

This interactive quiz can be found at www.dglibrary.org/genie. Book suggestions are provided for kids, teens and adults are updated every three months. Book Genie also suggests seasonal categories, such as Movie Genie during The Oscars and Super Genie during the library’s superhero summer reading club. Since its debut in 2014, Book Genie has recommended more than 3,000 titles.

The ILA Awards Committee presented the Downers Grove Public Library with the recognition on Sept. 2, and library representatives attended the Awards Gala during the Illinois Library Conference in Peoria on Oct. 23.

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