Schaumburg Boy Killed In Crash Honored Previously For Saving Lives

Steve Miller
March 12, 2018 - 2:44 pm
Graham Fath

Graham Fath (Conant High School)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The 16-year-old high school student who was killed in a one-car crash in Schaumburg on Sunday night had been honored five years ago for helping to save two lives.

It was early summer in 2013 and Niles Police Commander James Elenz and his 10-year-old son Ryan were rafting on the Vermilion River near Oglesby. They got caught in the roiling water; and then along came four boys.

"They didn't even hesitate when they saw we were in trouble.  They just came over and they helped right away.  Without them, it would've turned out much worse," Elenz said.

Elenz said he was able to get his son over to the boys' boat where then-11-year-old Graham Fath took him in.

"I believe I handed off my son to him from our raft that was stuck.  He took him into their raft, while the other boys were trying to steady their raft," he said.

The boys were honored as heroes along with two Aurora police officers who also helped.

Now almost five years latert, Graham Fath has been killed in a one-car crash in Schaumburg.

Police said they believe speed was a factor.

Graham Fath was a student at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates. Below is a statement from Conant High School Principal Julie Nowak about Graham Fath.

“The Conant community is deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of one of our students. Graham was an active member of our band and a student broadcaster for sporting events, along with participating in several other activities. He was also involved in the Hoffman Estates Police Explorer Program. We will continue to provide supports and counseling services to students in response to this tragic event.”