Chicago Police officers are being credited with saving the life of a man who was suffering a medical emergency Thursday morning at Midway Airport, the second time this week officers have been hailed as life-savers.
About 9:30 a.m. Thursday, officers Walter Bland, John Munoz, Sherida Shepherd and David Dorkin were working at the Southwest Side airport when an employee rushed up and said a “patron was in physical distress and needed immediate assistance,” a statement from the Chicago Police Department said.
Officers found a 73-year-old man in a chair not breathing, repositioned him on the floor, and Dorkin and Bland administered chest compressions, the statement said. While the officer were administering the “hands-only” CPR,” Munoz and Shepherd found a portable automatic external defibrillator.
“A short time later, and largely due to the decisive efforts of the responding officers, the victim regained consciousness and began to respire normally,” police said.
He was taken by paramedics to McNeal Hospital in Berwyn in serious condition.
Earlier this week, two officers on bike patrol saved an elderly tourist along the Magnificent Mile.
About 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, the officers were flagged down near Michigan and Walton by citizens who led them to a man “drained of color” lying on the ground and not breathing, police said.
The officers began performing chest compressions and saw the 75-year-old Georgia man’s airway was blocked, which they were able to clear, police said.
He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition stabilized, police said.