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Marine Police Pull Wheelchair-Bound Woman from Lake

Marine Police Pull Wheelchair-Bound Woman from Lake

Chicago Tribune via Yellowbrix

April 10, 2011

CHICAGO – Two Chicago Police Marine Unit officers had just finished a drill on treating near-drowning victims when they were summoned to a downtown harbor to save the life of a woman who had stopped breathing after falling into the water.

The woman, 60, fell in the water about 9:40 p.m. Friday after a man, 59, who had been pushing her in a wheelchair on a ramp apparently stumbled and fell in himself. The two were leaving an event at the nearby Columbia Yacht Club, when they fell into the harbor at 111 N. Lake Shore Drive, according to police.

They were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment and were expected to recover, officials said today.

Officers Kevin Hitney, who works the overnight shift, and Kurt Kaner, who works the evening shift, had just participated in the drill at Marine Unit Headquarters, a quarter-mile north of the Yacht Club, when a call came in saying two people had fallen in the water.

Hitney and Kaner rushed to the south end of the harbor and found the man clinging to part of the dock, yelling for help as another man lay on the dock, trying to keep the woman from becoming entirely submerged, Hitney said today.

Hitney jumped into the water to try to save the woman, as Kaner lifted the man up out of the water and put him on the dock.

Hitney lifted the woman’s head out of the water, and Kaner then grabbed her and pulled her onto the dock with the help of Fire Department rescuers who had come on the scene.

The Marine officers started doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the woman, who wasn’t breathing and had no pulse, Hitney said. A Marine Unit boat, which had the equipment that had been used in the drill minutes later, arrived.

After doing CPR, using a defibrillator to start her heart again and using wha’’s known as an ambu bag to get her breathing by forcing air into her lungs, the officers turned over the two victims to Fire Department paramedics, who brought them to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The woman initially was listed in critical condition there, but the man was quickly stabilized. Both are expected to survive, police said today.

Marine unit divers were able to find the woman’s wheelchair in the harbor, and about an hour after saving the two people, Hitney and Kaner went to Northwestern to refill supplies that had been used in the rescues. While there, they were told by a nurse that the woman was already conscious.

The whole rescue, from the time the Marine Unit first got the call to when both people were out of the water, took about three minutes, Hitney said. But for the coincidence of having the drill Friday night, however, Hitney and Kaner, a 17-year police veteran, might not have been so close.

“We were just packing up from our drill when this call came in, and we literally used everything we did 10 minutes prior to this run, on this victim, and subsequently saved her life, I believe,” said Hitney, a 19-year police veteran who has been with the marine unit 11 years.


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    aussie4

    over 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    I wonder if this made the front page? Great job Leo's!

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    Gombino

    over 3 years ago

    2658 Comments

    Great job. This makes us all proud.

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    pdyer

    over 3 years ago

    354 Comments

    Excellent job by all involved and especially Officers Hitney and Kaner. Way to represent!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    A great accomplishment for our Chicago Police Department!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    OUTSTANDING POLICE/TEAMWORK

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Outstanding teamwork.

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    AKangel

    over 3 years ago

    4972 Comments

    OUTSTANDING! Great job Officers

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11194 Comments

    Everyday heroes doing extraordinary things !!!!

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    dolphinblue

    over 3 years ago

    42980 Comments

    Great job!

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    USLawman1983

    over 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    Nice work, fellas!

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    CPD82

    over 3 years ago

    466 Comments

    awesome job! its nice to hear something good come from this dept. lately. hopefully this will by far overshadow the bad that has overcome us in the past couple weeks.

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    sheriff950

    over 3 years ago

    5362 Comments

    Great job by the officers.... This happened to us two years ago while training in water rescue when two people capsized their canoe near where we were training and we had to rescue them... It sure makes your training worth while and gives you a great feeling...

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    MeanStreets949

    over 3 years ago

    2318 Comments

    Outstanding!!!!!

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    gn13

    over 3 years ago

    518 Comments

    Good job by these officers. I am guessing they will not forget their training!!

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    msjayelbee

    over 3 years ago

    612 Comments

    GREAT WORK!!

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