A paramedic from Northeast Christian Emergency Medical Services died Tuesday morning after an accident at a club fitness center in St. Charles. She was selected Paramedic of the Year by her team last week.
According to St. Charles police, another individual working out at the gym discovered Dolores “Dolo” Boschette’s body trapped under some weights and contacted 911 at 2:50 a.m.
According to St. Charles Police Chief Ray Floyd, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Floyd, the incident occurred near a Smith machine, which allows users to perform squats or bench presses.
“We believe she lost her balance or her muscles failed, causing her to fall forward and the weight she was carrying holding her to the ground,” Floyd said. “We believe she died of asphyxiation.”
“She is alone in the gym, and no one else is there.” The next person to attend the gym will take roughly 20 minutes. There is no evidence of third-party liability, and we believe this was a sad accident after conducting a comprehensive investigation.”
She graduated from the St. Louis Fire Academy in 2021.
According to Chief Brian Hokamp, she has been working as a paramedic at Christian Hospital Ambulance Service since November 2020.
“She’s one of those positive people. When she walks into a room, you know she’s there because she can find anyone no matter what their mood is,” he said. “She wants to take care of the community.”
She drew a smiley face next to her name on the dry erase board at the station, where she checked in for the last shift.
Hokamp said her peers voted her Paramedic of the Year earlier this month during EMS Week.
“When she found out, she was very emotional,” Hokamp said. “She had just bought a plate of food and got a call and she was jumping around like Christmas.
“She loves interacting with the community and providing resources that it so badly needs. She is very proud of our service and the care we give in people’s darkest times. It was a tough day.”