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On April 28, Chicagoland Speedway invited fans to nominate their personal heroes in hopes of being selected as a "CLS Hero." Whether it’s a soldier, police officer, fireman, teacher, coach, parent or anyone in between, we wanted to hear their story. These are the first four CLS Heroes who will serve as Grand Marshal for the Tales of Turtles 400 on Sunday, September 17.
Here are their stories:
Hero: James Griesenauer
Nominated by: Tomi Griesenauer
From: Park Ridge, IL
The story: Jim Griesenauer serves as a Niles, Ill. Police Officer where he continually goes above and beyond in the line of duty. For instance, Jim was the responding office on the scene of a 911 call for a heart attack. Jim was able to deliver one man CPR until EMTs arrived essentially saving the man’s life because he was attended to quickly. Another incident involved Jim’s off-duty action to call in a house fire that had yet to be reported. Jim even checked to ensure occupants had evacuated – which they had not. He ended up coaxing an elderly woman and escorting her from the house to safety.
Hero: Lyndi Bieber
Nominated by: Chris Bieber
From: Anamosa, IA
The story: Lyndi Bieber is a 14-year veteran of the Cedar Rapids Police Department and mother to identical twin boys. After a particularly distressing pregnancy culminating with the twins being born 4 months early forcing them into the NICU and then coming home on oxygen and heart monitors. While her twins now thrive at home, Lyndi still patrols the city streets throughout the night making her a hero at home and at work.
Hero: Cauy Clarke
Nominated by: Amy Clarke
From: Troy, MO
The story: Cauy was born with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex –a complex that causes tumors to form on the organs. At 16-years-old Cauy has dealt with epilepsy, autism, severe ADHD and migraines and he has had 3 separate brain surgeries. Despite his constant struggles, Cauy bounces back stronger after each surgery with a determination to return to sports, school and everyday life.
Hero: William (Bill) Vaci
Nominated by: The 100 Club of Chicago
From: Chicago, IL
The story: Following a drill-filled morning focusing on “hitting it hard from the yard,” the Engine House at 212 W Cermak was called to building fire. When they arrived a woman was trapped on the third floor with flames erupting from every point of entry. Bill was quick to respond yelling to hit it hard from the yard. Once the flames died back, Bill ran to the ladder and saved the trapped woman.