Saturday, December 5, 2015

On-Duty Matteson Firefighter Collapses and Dies While Working on CPR for a Shopper Down at Walmart on Cicero Ave, Matteson

Matteson firefighter/paramedics resopnded 8:36 AM Saturday medical emergency 21410 S. Cicero Avenue Matteson, IL. A Matteson firefighter collapsed and died Friday afternoon while performing CPR on a shopper at a Walmart in south suburban Matteson.

Mark Zielinski, 49, was "rendering emergency medical aid" to a shopper who collapsed and needed CPR when he also collapsed.

Zielinski died from his own medical emergency, according to Matteson Fire Chief Chris Schwalbe and the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Zielinski served on the Matteson Fire Department for thirteen years, and previously worked at the Harvey Fire Department.

The condition of the shopper was not immediately available.

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