Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Shimkus Recognizes Local Hero

Mar 17, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Moments after the House concluded legislative business today, Congressman Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) addressed the chamber to recognize Highland EMS paramedic Todd Zobrist.

"Yesterday afternoon, Todd was the first to arrive on the scene after receiving a call of a vehicle in Silver Lake with a person possibly inside," Shimkus said. "When he saw the vehicle partially submerged, he swam out in the cold water to search for anyone inside. He found an unresponsive baby boy, rescued him from the vehicle, and immediately began CPR on the roof of the vehicle. Todd was able to revive the 3-month old at the scene and the baby was transported to a St. Louis hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery." 

"I would like to commend Todd for his heroic and life-saving actions. It's a great tribute to Southern Illinois." 

Shimkus also ordered a flag to be flown over the U.S. Capitol today in recognition of Mr. Zobrist's heroism.