One person faints, another dehydrated at high school graduation

Sean McGowan

Two people suffered dehydration Sunday during Metamora Township High School's graduation.

Heath Gerkin, Emergency 116 ambulance services director, said both people are in stable condition. Two E 116 ambulances arrived at the scene at about 3:50 p.m.

Gerkin said one of the dehydrated persons fainted. The ambulance took one of the persons to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Gerkin said he did not know where they would take the other person.

No students suffered dehydration. The graduation began at 3:30 p.m. outside on Malone Field at the high school.

Randy Toepke, Metamora Township High school superintendent, said the school sent out an alert before the graduation to let people know it would be held outside.

The alert stated to dress for the weather and drink plenty of water, among other things.

Jared Hart, Metamora Township High School athletic director, said the school never had this happen before.

"This is definitely a first for us," he said.

Sunday's high was 88 degrees, according to