A paramedic at Northeast Christian Emergency Medical Services, who was named Paramedic of the Year by her team last week, died Tuesday morning after an accident at a club fitness center in St. Charles.
Another person working out at the gym found the body of 23-year-old Dolores “Dolo” Boschette immobilized under some weights and called the police at 2:50 a.m., according to St. Charles police.
She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to St. Charles Police Chief Ray Floyd.
It happened near a Smith machine, which allows users to perform squats or bench presses, Floyd said.
“We think she either lost her balance or her muscles failed and she fell forward and the weight she was using was holding her to the floor,” Floyd said. “We think she probably died of asphyxiation.
“She is alone and there is no one else in the gym. It will take about 20 minutes for the next person to enter the gym. There is no indication of third party fault and we have conducted a thorough investigation and are confident this was an unfortunate accident.”
She is a 2021 graduate of the St. Louis Fire Academy.
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.”