Arlington Heights Sends Police Officer and Firefighter/Paramedic as Part of ILEAS Mobile Field Force Region 4 North to Aid for Hardin, Illinois Flooding

In early May 2019, massive flooding occurred in the southwest region of Illinois, caused by a levee breaking along the Illinois River. The flooding caused damage and major devastation throughout the region. First Responders in that area were overwhelmed by the flooding and requested the assistance of neighboring police, fire, and military personnel.

The Village of ArlingtonHeights partners with ILEAS Mobile Field Force Region 4 North and proudly offered two First Responders for deployment to the area. Police Officer Anthony Padiyara and Firefighter/Paramedic Jim Stempien were deployed to Hardin, Illinois on June 5, 2019 to begin assisting local First Responders with anything from EMS and police services to delivery of fresh water to families in need.

The population of Hardin, Illinois in Calhoun County is just under 1,000 people. Calhoun County is an isolated county almost completely surrounded by the Mississippi River and Illinois River with the Mississippi River to the west and the Illinois River to the east. Calhoun County is sparsely populated with only five incorporated towns. Hardin, located about 36 miles north-northwest of St. Louis, is the largest town in Calhoun County. The only bridge into Calhoun County is known as the Joe Page Bridge, which enters Hardin after crossing the Illinois River.

The Arlington Heights Police Department today publicly thanked Police Officer Anthony Padiyara and Firefighter/Paramedic Stempien for their outstanding call to service and their dedication to helping those in need.

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