Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies, ComEd Line Technician Rescue Victim from Burning Pickup Truck

Rollover crash with fire Dunham Road, unincorporated St Charles, Kane County (SOURCE: Kane County Sheriff's Office)
Rollover crash with fire Dunham Road, unincorporated St Charles, Kane County (SOURCE: Kane County Sheriff’s Office).

Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies and firefighters and paramedics from Fox River & Countryside Fire Protection District responded about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2022 a report of a vehicle rollover crash with a fire in the block of 6N900 Dunham Road in unincorporated St. Charles.

ComEd overhead electrician specialist Mike Curtis discovered the crash after he saw a power flash and drove toward the direction of the flash. Curtis found a pickup truck rolled over and wrapped in power lines. He immediately requested that electricity be shut down to power lines supplying that area. Two Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies Steven Turcios and Ryan Reichardt arrived to find Chevrolet pickup truck upside down and on fire.

The driver inside the pickup truck was the sole occupant in the vehicles. When the electricity shut down was confirmed, the two sheriff’s deputies and the ComEd line technician removed the semi-conscious driver out of the vehicle. The driver suffered serious injuries and was transported by Fox River & Countryside Fire Protection District paramedics to Delnor Hospital in Geneva. The 41 year-old male was then transferred to the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

The driver, Thomas Dabek, 41 years of age, of South Elgin was charged with 2 counts of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and was issued an I-Bond.

Fox River & Countryside Fire Protection District firefighters extinguished the vehicle fire and spot fires along the side of Dunham Road.

Kane County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Turcios is a five-year veteran with the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Ryan Reichardt is finishing his last weeks of a three and-a-half-month field training assignment with Deputy Turcios, before he is also scheduled to finish about nine months remaining on his one-year probationary period.

Both Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies will receive lifesaving awards at an annual summertime ceremony hosted by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.

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