Long Grove Fire Protection District firefighter/paramedics responded about 2:01 p.m. Wednesday January 30, 2019 to a report that two children were found walking outside alone in the apartment complex near 4064 Bonhill Drive in unincorporated Arlington Heights. Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart also announced today that at approximately 2:10 p.m. today, Sheriff’s Police responded to a report of two children — a 3-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl — walking outside of an apartment building. One child was improperly dressed for the weather. The children were crying and had some skin redness. A second ambulance was dispatched from Palatine Fire Department at 2:18 p.m. and a third ambulance was dispatch from Arlington Heights at 2:37 p.m. for a third cold exposure patient. Both children were transported to Northwest Community Hospital for treatment of cold weather related injuries. Initially it was unknown if a third person was transported.
Also today Sheriff Dart announced that two vulnerable senior citizens came to the Skokie Courthouse in need of assistance due to the cold. Sheriff’s staff helped them find shelter and other resources.
Sheriff Dart explained that the Cook County Sheriff’s Office is taking proactive measures today and tomorrow to deal with the record-setting cold temperatures and Sheriff Dart reminds the public to call 911 if their safety or health is at risk.
Cook County Sheriff’s Police proactive cold-weather operations include:
• Heightened awareness for homeless in the cold and bringing citizens to warming shelters if needed
• Senior citizen home checks in Ford Heights (where Cook County Sheriff’s Office is primary law enforcement)
• Heightened awareness for stranded motorists
• Heightened awareness for Animal Control situations
• Premise checks of public parks for cold exposure situations
• Premise checks of abandoned buildings/houses
• Assisting citizens where needed to limit exposure to the cold
Within the Cook County Jail:
• Two empty tiers have been designated for any discharged detainees who wish to remain if
they have no place to go in the cold temperatures
• The jail has cold-weather apparel on hand for discharged detainees if needed
• Multiple shuttles have been provided for necessary staff and detainee movement around the compound
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