GARY | The second annual Don Hess Day at the Gary SouthShore RailCats game, to honor the deceased longtime director of the Franciscan St. Anthony Health Crown Point Emergency Medical Services Academy, will be highlighted by the presence of a man whose life Hess is credited with saving about five years ago.
Don Satoski, of Crown Point, who collapsed due to an undetected heart defect at the finish line of the city’s Hub Run, was attended to by Hess, also a paramedic. Satoski is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Don Hess Day, scheduled for 6:10 p.m. July 13 at the U.S. Steel Yard, prior to a Gary SouthShore RailCats game.
Don Hess died in August, 2011, following surgery complications.
Lenore Hess said she received a letter from Don Satoski's wife Joyce, praising Hess' late husband and expressing gratitude for his efforts.
“My husband was unresponsive and literally dead for about two minutes and your Don continued to work on him until he finally got a heartbeat,” the letter said, adding that Satoski was found to have a defective heart valve and underwent corrective surgery.
“Your husband visited mine during his 10 days in the hospital. . .no words can express our gratitude and the love we have for your husband,” the letter said.
Lenore Hess said the letter and the presence of Satoski and his family adds particular meaning to the event, proceeds of which will benefit The Don Hess Memorial Scholarship Fund that supplies monies, through the Crown Point Community Foundation, for paramedic and emergency medical technician students.
Tickets for Don Hess Day are available for $10, through Sunday, from the Crown Point Fire and Rescue Department or the Emergency Medical Services Academy, located on the Franciscan St. Anthony Health campus at 1201 S. Main St. The RailCats organization also will donate $5 from each ticket sold that day.
For more information, contact Dale Holsti at (219) 306-7361 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate to the scholarship fund, call (219) 662-7252 or visit www.crownpointcommunityfoundation.org.