Village of Northbrook

Recognition Resolution

A Resolution Recognizing Life Saving Efforts of Dr. Stephen Valfer


Category:Service Award


              On November 4, 2011, Leonard Feldman, a 86 year-old resident of Highland Park, collapsed from an apparent heart attack while dining at a local Northbrook restaurant. Dr. Steven Valfer, a Northbrook doctor, was a patron of the restaurant and was the first to reach Mr. Feldman.  Dr. Valfer quickly determined that he was not breathing and had no pulse. Dr. Valfer began administering CPR, performing chest compressions to an unconscious Mr. Feldman, while other restaurant patrons called for emergency assistance.


              Dr. Valfer continued administering chest compressions until Northbrook paramedics arrived to begin advanced life support treatment.  Paramedics hooked Mr. Feldman up to the cardiac monitor and defibrillator, and through the use of this equipment he regained a normal heart rhythm and pulse.  He began breathing on his own and was stabilized in the ambulance while being transported to Highland Park Hospital.  Mr. Feldman recovered and was released from the hospital a few days later.  Dr. Valfer’s quick thinking and efforts while awaiting a paramedic response certainly saved Mr. Feldman’s life.


              Several anonymous citizens, in addition to Dr. Valfer, worked purposefully together to help Mr. Feldman.  They called 911, cleared the area for arriving emergency personnel, and guided the paramedics to the patient.  The combined efforts of the aforementioned citizens on November 4, 2011, are also recognized this evening.  Their combined quick thinking and appropriate actions helped to save Mr. Feldman's life.


Dr. Valfer has also been recognized by the American Heart Association with their “Heartsaver Hero Award” for his response and CPR efforts.


              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the President and Board of Trustees of the Village of Northbrook, County of Cook and State of Illinois, THAT:


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              On behalf of the entire community, our highest praise and gratitude is hereby extended to Dr. Stephen Valfer for his quick actions and unselfish efforts on November 4, 2011.



Meeting History

Jan 24, 2012 7:30 PM Video Board of Trustees Regular Meeting

President Frum submitted a resolution recognizing lifesaving efforts of Dr. Stephen Valfer. It was noted an elderly resident, Leonard Feldman, collapsed from a heart attack at a local restaurant. Dr. Valfer was the first person to reach the victim, Mr. Feldman, and Dr. Valfer worked together to help the victim. President Frum expressed the appreciation of the community for his quick response and his efforts to revive Mr. Feldman and presented him with a plaque memorializing his efforts to save Mr. Feldman’s life.

Chief Nolan advised that at the recommendation of the Fire Department, the American Heart Association recognized Dr. Valfer for his quick action and efforts with its Heartsaver Hero Award. The resolution was unanimously passed by the Board of Trustees.

MOVER:Michael Scolaro, Trustee
SECONDER:James Karagianis, Trustee
AYES:James Karagianis, A.C. Buehler, Michael Scolaro, Kathryn Ciesla, Bob Israel, Sandra Frum
ABSENT:Todd Heller