Competitive Swimmer Dies During Practice Session at Vernon Hills High School

... #ad▼

Countryside FPD firefighter/paramedics and Vernon Hills police responded about 7:51 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2016 to a report of a collapsed and unresponsive high school swimmer at Vernon Hills High School.

Firefighter/paramedics received a report that a teen swimmer passed out in the boy’s locker room, and then were told that CPR was started. The swimmer was transported by paramedics to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he was pronounced dead at 8:53 p.m.

Josh Church, right.

The swimmer, Josh Church, a 17-year-old male from Wadsworth, died during a swimming club practice. Josh Church was a junior at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, and was a member of the Cats Aquatic Team from Vernon Hills. An autopsy performed on Thursday showed Church died of undetermined natural causes.

Police confirmed the teen did not drown, and there were no signs of drug or alcohol abuse.

Stay informed with news from The Cardinal’s Emergencies Behind the Scenes Facebook page — Includes links to favorite public safety and emergency rescuers and product manufacturers and safety companies that have facebook pages. Submit your pictures or just stay up-to-date on with fire, rescue, EMS and police photo galleries. Please add your public safety photo to the wall album — go direct to the Arlington Cardinal Emergencies Behind the Scenes photos. For a list of all of The Cardinal Facebook fan pages, go to …

Help fund The Cardinal

Search Amazon …

Search for products sold on Amazon: is an Amazon Associate website, which means that a small percentage of your purchases gets paid to at no extra cost to you. When you use the search boxes above, any Amazon banner ad, or any product associated with an Amazon banner on this website, you help pay expenses related to maintaining and creating new services and ideas for a resourceful website. See more info at