Fire­fight­ers search pond near Olympia Fields hos­pi­tal

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - NEWS - -Staff Re­port, Daily South­town

Dozens of first re­spon­ders were in­volved in a search Fri­day af­ter­noon out­side St James Hos­pi­tal in Olympia Fields after a re­port of two peo­ple pos­si­bly be­ing in a re­ten­tion pond, ac­cord­ing to a hos­pi­tal spokes­woman.

Two peo­ple had been seen near the pond on the south side of the hos­pi­tal at about 3:30 p.m., Maria Ramos said.

The pond was iced over and a crack was later spot­ted, al­though there was no in­di­ca­tion any­one had fallen in, she said.

Out of “an over­abun­dance of cau­tion,” a search in­volv­ing “a very large re­sponse” from area emer­gency agen­cies got un­der­way then called off at about 6 p.m., Ramos said.

She said a search could re­sume early Satur­day, but only if there was a more de­fin­i­tive in­di­ca­tion any­one was in the pond, which is ad­ja­cent to 203rd Street. The hos­pi­tal is just south­east of Craw­ford and Vollmer roads.

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