Riverwalk Employees Honored For Aiding Injured Man

Bob Roberts
April 06, 2018 - 6:43 pm
Riverwalk Honorees

Jarmond Sharkey, left; and Amari Garcia (WBBM Newsradio/Bob Roberts)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago Fire Department presented Citizen Awards Friday to two restaurant workers who called 9-1-1 and tended to a man who fell from Wacker Drive onto the Riverwalk during St. Patrick's Day activities.

City Winery employees Amari Garcia and Jarmond Sharkey received training on what to do if someone was hurt along Chicago’s Riverwalk. They weren’t looking to put it to use. They were simply taking out rubbish on March 17 as the Chicago River was being dyed green.

Then they heard a thunk and heard others around them gasp. They turned and saw a crumpled on the ground, with a grotesquely bent leg. Garcia says others in the crowd ignored the man. He and Sharkey did not.

"I turned him over, so he could lay on his back, keeping him down and trying to get any kind of response from him, like, ‘What's your name?’ or ‘Do you know where you're at?’”

He called 9-1-1 to give operators a precise location on the Riverwalk. It uses pairs of bridges as a guide to firefighters, police and paramedics.

The crowds delayed paramedics, but they transported the man to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The fire department said it couldn’t comment on the man's current condition or recovery, citing federal privacy laws.