Paramedics called to Obama’s election night party
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE November 7, 2012 1:20AM
Paramedics stand ready to aid President Obama supporters at McCormick Place that might need help before the President announced his victory speech, Tuesday, November 6, 2012. | Maudlyne Ihejirika~Sun-Times
Updated: November 7, 2012 1:35PM
Paramedics were called to McCormick Place after receiving a report that more than a dozen revelers at President Barack Obama’s election night gathering were overcome by heat-related illnesses.
Six people were taken to nearby hospitals, said Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford. Thirteen people were treated and released by paramedics stationed at the election night party, Langford said. None of the injuries were expected to be life-threatening.
“It’s nothing terrible,” Langford said. “It’s a little tight inside. People are just getting a little overheated and excited.”
Some of the people treated were elderly or had breathing problems, Langford said.
The call went over radio scanners about 11:15 p.m., when some networks began projecting that President Obama would go on to serve another term in the White House.
Officers with the Chicago Police Department’s News Affairs office did not have any information on the reports.
Further information was not immediately available.