Three Brookfield firefighters were recognized recently by the LaGrange Memorial Hospital emergency medical staff for help saving a newborn baby’s life in last year, an action the medical staff determined was their Call of the Year.

Firefighter/Paramedics Mathew Dubik, Michael Basnar and Patrick McBrien came through on June 14, 2010, during an obstetrical emergency – a prolapsed umbilical cord during child birth.

From the time they arrived on scene until surgery at the hospital, about an hour later, McBrien kept the umbilical cord free of obstruction in the birth canal. His action allowed uninterrupted oxygen to the unborn baby, saving its life. Basnar drove the ambulance to LaGrange Hospital while Dubik assisted McBrien. Both the mother and child eventually left the hospital, healthy and strong.

Dawn Wujcik, EMS coordinator at LaGrange Hospital, recommended the incident for Call of the Year. In February, Wujick came out to the main Brookfield Fire Station on Shields Avenue and cooked the shift a lasagna dinner with apple crisp for dessert.

Solid gold

Brookfield resident Mary Cornejo was a member of a group of athletes who qualified for the state Special Olympics for the third consecutive year. In January, the Seguin Services Senior Division basketball team won the gold medal at the 2011 District B Senior Champions Division 4 Special Olympics in Oswego.

The win qualified the team for a trip to the state Special Olympics at Illinois State University in Normal on March 12 and 13.


Kevin Wachtel, the village of Riverside’s finance director has been awarded the designation of certified public finance officer (CPFO) by the Government Finance Officers Association.

To earn the designation, candidates must demonstrate their knowledge of government accounting, auditing and financial reporting; cash management and investments; debt management; operating and capital budgeting; and pension and benefits, risk management and procurement.

To maintain the designation Wachtel must complete 30 hours of continuing education annually.

Giving group

The Brookfield Woman’s Club, which is more than 100 years old, has contributed $100 each to the Brookfield Police department, Brookfield Fire Department, the St. Barbara Food Pantry, Brookfield Public Library and Brookfield Beautification Commission during 2011.

The money was raised by the club during their annual fundraiser and Bunco party held in November 2010. The club meets at 1 p.m. in the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., on the first Wednesday of every month, except August and January. The annual membership fee is $22. For information call Mary Levang at 485-4161.

Eagle Scout hopeful a good egg

Kevin Kraus, a senior at Riverside-Brookfield High School and senior patrol leader of Boy Scout Troop 90 in LaGrange Park, in January completed the final step of his Eagle Scout project.

His project was the design and fabrication of chicken nesting boxes for the Roy Graham Hanson Center in Burr ridge. The Hanson Center provides a therapeutic horsemanship program and a small barn for people with disabilities, Kraus has been a volunteer at the barn for the past year and a half.

He and a team of a dozen boys built the boxes and installed them in the barn on Jan. 22. Kraus designed the boxes and received donations from Lowe’s and Home Depot. The boys made 19 boxes in total.

On campus

Andreja Siliunas, a Riverside resident and graduate of Trinity High School, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at The College of Wooster (Ohio). Siliunas, a freshman, achieved a grade-point average of 3.65 or higher.

Brookfield resident Samantha Lenz was one of 32 members of the Lyons Township High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) who recently competed in regional contests and qualified for state competitions. The BPA is a national organization for high school and college students preparing for careers in business and office administration.

Lenz, a sophomore at the school, competed in the Keyboarding Production category.

Riverside native and University of Wisconsin-Madison student Emily Mussio recently advanced to the national mock trial competition after winning seventh place at the Illini Invitational Mock Trial Competition on Jan. 25.

Mussio competed with six other UW-Madison mock trial team members Jan. 24 and 25 in Champaign against 30 other teams. The American Mock Trial Association National Championships will be held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 15-17.

The following students were named to the honor rolls at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park for the first semester of the 2011-12 school year. Named to the A Honor Roll were Brookfield residents Natalie Crisanti, Francis Czerwien, Rachel Dimaranan, Drew Dunker, Justin Letcher, Chris Mandziejewicz, Ryan Russ, Jacquie Skokna and Evelyn Skokna; North Riverside residents Gianna Milaro and Sarah Wozniak; and Riverside residents Josephine Krajniak, Guy Merola and Patrick Vrablik.

Named to the B Honor roll were Brookfield residents Christopher Crisanti, Patrick Kelly, Nicholas Kosenesky, Jacqueline Sukacz, Rebecca Sukacz and Daniel Wulff; North Riverside residents Joseph Nieminski and Samantha Wilcox; and Riverside residents Haley Croney, Andrew Golniewicz, Vincent Hartnett and Rachel Meyer.