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2    WHEREAS, During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 to 2021, the
3Illinois House of Representatives has, for healthcare and
4distancing reasons, convened its active session work in the
5Bank of Springfield Center; and
6    WHEREAS, During this time, the in-person segment of the
7staff support of the House has been conducted by a skeleton
8crew of tireless men and women; this tiny group of individuals
9has performed work far beyond the call of duty; and
10    WHEREAS, While all of the in-person staffers of the
11Illinois House deserve special commendation for their labor,
12one individual deserves special notice for their actions on
13Sunday, January 10, 2021; and
14    WHEREAS, On that day, the Illinois House having reconvened
15in the Bank of Springfield Center, then-Representative Darren
16Bailey needed immediate attention; and
17    WHEREAS, Because of the physical setup of the temporary
18Illinois House, everyone was far apart from everyone else;
19fortunately, one of the few people physically close to
20then-Representative Bailey was Assistant Doorkeeper Wayne
21Padget; and



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1    WHEREAS, Staying calm and focused during a time of
2confusion, Assistant Doorkeeper Padget swiftly retrieved an
3automated external defibrillator (AED) device for immediate
4use; under a different course of events and if this AED needed
5to have been used, this action could have saved the life of a
6State representative; and
7    WHEREAS, When this incident occurred, many around
8Representative Bailey called for immediate medical assistance
9from trained emergency responders, and a crew from EMT
10Ambulance quickly responded to the call; Assistant Doorkeeper
11Padget directed the ambulance staff to the stricken lawmaker
12so he could be placed on a stretcher for transport to a place
13of medical care and assistance; and
14    WHEREAS, Then-Representative Bailey has served out the
15final days of his House term with the best wishes of his former
16colleagues, and he has moved on to a new term in the Senate of
17the General Assembly of the State of Illinois; therefore, be
21we commend Assistant Doorkeeper Wayne Padget of the Illinois
22House of Representatives for his quick thinking and decisive



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1action on the House floor on January 10, 2021 and for his
2unflinching dedication to the Illinois House of
3Representatives; and be it further
4    RESOLVED, That we also remember the work of our former
5colleague, State Representative Joann Osmond, who made the
6posting of AEDs in public places a key focus of her legislative
7work in the Illinois House, culminating in the passage of
8Public Act 93-910, the Physical Fitness Facility Medical
9Emergency Preparedness Act, in 2004; and be it further
10    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
11presented to Assistant Doorkeeper Padget as an expression of
12our esteem and respect.