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Plainfield police honor lifeguard for life saving efforts

Plainfield Police Sgt. Colin Mulacek (left), and Chief John Konopek (right) presented a plaque to Plainfield Park District lifeguard Makenzie Vargo.
Plainfield Police Sgt. Colin Mulacek (left), and Chief John Konopek (right) presented a plaque to Plainfield Park District lifeguard Makenzie Vargo.

On Aug. 1, a local Plainfield lifeguard jumped into action to rescue a swimmer, and in recognition of her efforts, she was presented an award.

The annual Plainfield Police Department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E., night celebration highlighted the evening of Aug. 1, when a middle schooler jumped into the water from the diving board and started to struggle. Plainfield pool lifeguard Makenzie Vargo immediately dove in to assist the boy.

“I saw him dive in and then he just started sinking,” Vargo said, according to a release from the Plainfield Park District.

Vargo, who is a Plainfield South High School graduate and current Illinois State University sophomore, received the “Lifesaving Award” plaque for her efforts that evening.

She attributes her fast response to the training she received before the start of the swim season, according to the release.

“I heard a whistle blow and then saw Makenzie go in to the water,” Plainfield police Sgt. Colin Mulacek said. “She did a great job.”

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