Todd Zobrist is Captain at the Highland-Pierron Fire Department. As a first responder, Todd has responded to thousands of calls since his career began in 2008. In March of 2017, he and his partner responded to a call about a submerged SUV in Highland’s Silver Lake. First on the scene, Todd jumped into the frigid late and swam to the vehicle. He pulled a three-month infant from the back of the car and began performing CPR on the roof of the vehicle before Todd was able to swim back to shore with the infant. The infant was taken to the hospital and survived.
Todd was a recognized with several honors for this heroic effort. He received the Medal of Honor from the State Fire Marshal and the Illinois Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial’s Medal of Honor which is the highest award given by the State of Illinois to a firefighter for an act of outstanding bravery or heroism, by which the firefighter has demonstrated in great degree the characteristics of selflessness and personal courage above and beyond the call of duty, under adverse conditions, with the possibility of extreme personal risk. In addition, he was honored as the 2017 IL Dept. of Public Health-EMS Hero of the Year Award and the 2017 Highland Pierron Fire Department Employee of the Year.
Todd is focused on providing training opportunities for fellow first responders so they can react in intense situations and save the lives of others. He teaches at the Illinois Fire Service Institute through the University of Illinois to provide continuing education opportunities to other first responders. In addition, Todd teaches community safety training including CPR/First Aid, fire extinguisher training, and smoke detector education. He also visits schools to teach children about safety.
He has worked with the American Red Cross to provide and install free smoke alarms which reduces the risk of dying in a home fire by one-half. He was also instrumental in a local program that provided 1,300 reflective address signs for rural residents which helps achieve better Firefighter and EMS response times.
In 2019, Todd was recognized by the Highland Chamber of Commerce with the Bob Hardy Citizen of the Year which is presented to someone who has supported and enhanced the image and civic progress of Highland as well as contributed substantial personal time, financial support, and/or effort to the community and civic events, thereby leading to a higher standard of living in the Highland area.
Todd is a US Army veteran and completed six years of military service with the U.S. Army and the Illinois National Guard. During this time, Todd served tours in Kuwait and Iraq. He received a commendation medal from the U.S. Army and two Army Achievement medals.
Todd is being recognized in the category of Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership. He was nominated by the Highland Jaycees. He lives in Pocahontas with his wife, Jessica and children, Trent and Tyson.