A heartwarming moment broke the routine of the O’Fallon City Council at a recent meeting, when a young man named Sean Leible was presented with an award for saving his father’s life.
Sean, 22, had been awakened sometime after midnight by a noise on Dec. 22, 2014. After rushing downstairs, he found his father, Fred Leible, lying unconscious and without a pulse.
A former O’Fallon Police Explorer captain, Sean quickly determined Fred wasn’t breathing, and told his mother to call 9-1-1.
O’Fallon Chief of Police Roy Joachimstaler said that before paramedics and police arrived at the scene, Sean had revived his father with CPR, a technique he had learned with the Police Explorer program. Fred was transported to the hospital and treated for the blood clot that had caused him to collapse.
Joachimstaler said he knows Fred is very proud of Sean.
“I’m very proud of him also,” Joachimstaler said.
Sean was presented with the Citizen’s Service Award at the Feb. 12 council meeting.
“This reward is awesome,” Sean told the citizens packing the council chambers. “But the best feeling is getting to spend anther day… another day or years to come with your father.”