Johnsburg students on way to homecoming dance stop to assist family in car crash

Police escorted the students to the dance after the accident

A groups of students on their way to the homecoming dance at Johnsburg High School Saturday added an unexpected memory to their night when they witnessed a car accident outside the place they were having dinner.

Johnsburg High School students Piper Damien, Dominik Drwila and Savannah Lorenz along with Damin Green, a student at Carthage College, said Johnsburg High School principal Kevin Shelton, were eating dinner in Fox Lake when a car accident happened outside, the Johnsburg Police Department wrote in a Facebook post.

“Upon hearing the crash, the four teenagers decided amongst themselves to run over to the scene to help,” police said. “The four assisted in removing multiple young children from the car and carrying them to the safety of the side of the road, while police and paramedics arrived on-location and tended to the crash scene and care of the mother.”

Police said the students cared for the children until their mother was able to care for them again. However, the time the students spent at the accident made them late to the dance.

“We didn’t realize the details immediately until they got to the dance and I talked to the kids and they described helping with the actual accident scene,” Shelton said, who was supervising the dance Saturday.

Johnsburg police brought the students to the dance in their squad cars with lights on and dropped them off outside the high school’s entrance, according to the Facebook post.

Shelton said he was proud to see his students jump into action to help others in need.

“There’s a great deal of respect of anyone who is able to react quickly in a crisis. I’m so impressed and proud for their kind hearts and their ability to serve others in their situation,” Shelton said.

Ben Szalinski

Ben Szalinski

Ben reports on local news in Harvard, Marengo, Huntley and Lake in the Hills along with the McHenry County Board. He graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Reporting program in 2021. Ben is originally from Mundelein and enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.