Friday, January 30, 2009

Good News

  • It didn't take long for veteran Chicago Police Officer Robert Gamez to put his heart defibrillator training to good use.

    Gamez is credited with helping to revive a man suffering from a heart attack at Midway Airport today, just one week after the officer received the training on how to operate a defibrillator, Chicago police said.

    Shortly before 1 p.m., several travelers gathered at a Southwest Airlines gate waiting to board a plane to Nashville when one of the passengers, a man in his 50s, collapsed and appeared to suffer a seizure, according to a police news release.

    A flight attendant grabbed a defibrillator from the plane and handed it to Gamez who immediately began to operate the life-saving device.

We wish there were more stories like this one and not the one directly below. We know it happens often enough, but it's never covered enough.

And shouldn't we have some of these machines in every police station?

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75 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So cool! Way to go, office!

And, yes, I'd happily swap that dumb prescription medication drop box waste-of-space for a defibrillator.

Now, how do we secure it from the bums on the floor in the hallway?

1/30/2009 12:46:00 AM  
Blogger kateykakes said...

Excellent job by the officer. Kudos!

1/30/2009 01:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job Office!

1/30/2009 01:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC
Surely you have gone mad. All we need now, is some super cop caught Zapping some nut handcuffed to the wall.. let's pass on this one.

1/30/2009 02:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goos job Bob.

1/30/2009 02:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BG is a great guy. Worked with him when he was in 012. Good work BG.

1/30/2009 03:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guy that had the seizure; he probably just found out how much his taxes were going up to pay for the "machine" corruption and this olympic crap.

And an "at-a-boy" to the Copper!!

1/30/2009 05:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Job LS Keep up the good work....

1/30/2009 07:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job brother, finally some good news.

1/30/2009 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shouldn't we also be recertfied in CPR and first aid regularly.
I have not had any type of CPR or first aid trIning since the academy 20+ years ago.

1/30/2009 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every Police station. They should be in every government building & every squad car. Don't laugh you may be out working someday and your partner mat have the big one and you won't know what to do. In Seattle Wa. every squad car has one. I think they also have them in the twin cities too.

1/30/2009 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put the box in the WC's office- it would be pretty hard for some asshole to zap someone then.

1/30/2009 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know R.G. from 008. Great job.I guess things are working out for u at the airport.

1/30/2009 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went through the academy with Bob. He was pretty sharp then and I see he still is. Way to go Bob.

1/30/2009 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We do they are called tazers

1/30/2009 08:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC:"And shouldn't we have some of these machines in every police station?"

We should,but they would be stolen by you know who.

1/30/2009 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Put the box in the WC's office- it would be pretty hard for some asshole to zap someone then.

1/30/2009 08:11:00 AM

Next to the shotguns and AR15s.

1/30/2009 09:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Station security is a joke at most stations. The afternoon desk crew in 025 is too busy shopping on line, they don't even see who walks in most of the time.

1/30/2009 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a medic in Army infantry and later a civilian EMT before I became a PO. I have been first on the scene to a number of heart attacks, have given CPR although I haven't had a refresher course via the CPD in over 25 years. Everybody died, from the 2 year old girl to the 85 year old man. Would a defibrillator have made a difference? Possibly...but doesn't matter, I drive a white car with blinky lights and a stupid CAPS logo on the side and can't be trusted with technology...or anything else I guess in this dung pile of a department and city.

1/30/2009 09:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice work

1/30/2009 09:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job! THIS should be the front page story in the papers...

1/30/2009 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Heywood said...

Ignorance is not bliss. Even Burge could not use these to hotwire some POS. They will only zap if there is heart activity but no pumping going on. Even if you put them on a dead body they will not zap.
Bring them on. They are very easy to use. The only prob I had was when it had zapped 3 times then the voice states "Commence CPR". I looked at the pissbum then my partner and figured I wasn't doing any mouth-to-mouth. Turns out we were supposed to at least do chest compressions. While the theme to Jeopardy played in the background we stood around until it commenced zapping him more. It did this all over again for 9 zaps until the bambulance showed up. Ahhh, good times. Turns out he may have made it if we did the compressions and moved some blood around. Would have been cool to actually save the guy.

1/30/2009 10:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aces to Bobby Great copper, well done JP 012

1/30/2009 10:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

while working at the aiport detail , there were over a dozen saves the first year by these machine. They are great, but cannot bring the dead back to life.
We asked for them and first air kits ) in some of the cars, was told thats the fire dept objected, they say its their job, even if they are slow to respond.

1/30/2009 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous HATER said...

I GUESS THE AIRLINE EMPLOYEE KNOWS WHERE THE EQUIPMENT IS AT BUT DOESNT KNOW HOW TO USE IT!

1/30/2009 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have one in 007 in the front vestibule where the hypes sleep if you ever need one to recesitate one of these fine citizens

1/30/2009 10:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC
Surely you have gone mad. All we need now, is some super cop caught Zapping some nut handcuffed to the wall.. let's pass on this one.

1/30/2009 02:24:00 AM

___________________________________

You obviously have no clue how Automated External Defibrillators work. When you put the pads on the persons body, the machine recognizes abnormal hear rhythms, then charges to the correct kilojoule necessary to defibrillate the person’s heart, and the operator is given a cue to press the button to deliver the charge. If the person has normal sinus rhythm (normal heart beats) the machine will not charge.

If you are in a remote area with no help around, you can attempt to perform the percordical thump, (otherwise known as a chest thump) on the middle of the victims chest in attempt to restart their heart when all else fails.

Let’s not pass on this idea.

1/30/2009 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NYC TO CUT 23,000 CITY JOBS!!!!

1/30/2009 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally good news maybe ellyn will give him a day off! Naw knowing her no way! Great job Bobby you saved a life! These should be in the squad cars also or at least the supervisors cars! We have shit cameras and gps that cannot do anything!

1/30/2009 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WAY TO GO LANDSHARK!!!!!

1/30/2009 12:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/30/2009 02:24:00 AM Ill be sure to pass on it when its YOU who falls out. Good Job Land Shark you truly are a HERO!!!

1/30/2009 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS WORKING NO CLOUT P.O. FROM EDISON PARK SAYS: GREAT WORK GOMEZ, YOU MADE ME PROUD OF THE CPD AGAIN.
ALSO JFED EVERYTIME I SEE YOU , I JUST WANT TO THROW UP. F-CKYOU.

1/30/2009 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't have Defibs in squad cars but we do have GPS and Ticket Writers. They may or may not work. The Defib in this case belonged to the airline so it worked and was maintained by professionals.

If we had them in our stations, they would be, uncharged, maintained by our janitorial services and used as a coat-rack.

Good job officer, hope someone like you is around if I have a grabber.

1/30/2009 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those things should be in every police station and station workout rooms

1/30/2009 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job Bobby! miss you in 012..

1/30/2009 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous RIGHT SAID FRED said...

GOOD JOB OFFICE...CONGRATS AND BY THE WAY IMPEACH J-FED

1/30/2009 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every Police station. They should be in every government building & every squad car. Don't laugh you may be out working someday and your partner mat have the big one and you won't know what to do. In Seattle Wa. every squad car has one. I think they also have them in the twin cities too.

1/30/2009 08:01:00 AM

As a civilian I would hope you guys had these in your cars - both for each other as well as us! Oftentimes, cops are first on the scene. It makes sense to have a whole trunk full of goodies: extrication tools, long guns, defib, first aid kit, etc. I'm appalled that you guys are so ill-equipped. I'm willing to bet you have better stuff in your personal cars!
What a crock. We all pay and pay and pay, get stiffed, and the money goes someplace (but not for us). How is this even possible?
Hello Feds?

1/30/2009 12:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Runway Ron said...

12th district's finest. Nice job Bob. Too bad you got an unappreciative boss.

1/30/2009 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would be happy if we could open and close the fuckin' doors in my station never mind have possession of a medical device!!

1/30/2009 01:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these things are most useful where there are commonly large crowds, such as airports, arenas, etc.

best to spend money puting them there first before puting them in squad cars, even though it might make people feel good.

1/30/2009 01:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PROMOTE THE OFFICER!!!THIS IS CALLED BATTLEFIELD LEADERSHIP(u asshat wannabes can steal the term if u need to! LoL)THIS IMPACT AWARD/PROMOTION WILL IMPROVE MORAL! ITS CALLED STRESS UNDER FIRE=PROVEN LEADERSHIP-SEMPER FI

1/30/2009 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as a suburban cop we do have the aed's in all our cars and we are certified every year-- you just never know when you'll need it and ity is so easy a fifth grader could use it.. nice work Ofc Gamez!!!!

1/30/2009 01:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bobby is a good policeman and a gentlemen. Nice work Bobby.

1/30/2009 02:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well done barracho!!!! scooter.

1/30/2009 03:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shouldn't we also be recertfied in CPR and first aid regularly.
I have not had any type of CPR or first aid trIning since the academy 20+ years ago.

Go into any Emergency Room and ask. They regulary host free classes. The Police Department just does'nt care enough to properly train you.

Nice job Officer !

1/30/2009 03:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AEDs only save lives,not generate revenue.

1/30/2009 03:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have always loved Bob. He is HOT!

1/30/2009 03:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you officer for being the "shocker". Excellent job.

1/30/2009 05:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't taze me bro!

ooops, wrong shocking device.

Way to go office!

1/30/2009 05:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every Police station. They should be in every government building & every squad car. Don't laugh you may be out working someday and your partner mat have the big one and you won't know what to do. In Seattle Wa. every squad car has one. I think they also have them in the twin cities too.

1/30/2009 08:01:00 AM

A few years ago there was a bad accident on the Ryan involving an unmarked. 3 cops got messed up, 1 was burnt on his legs. After this incident, the Department vowed that there would be FIRE EXTINGUISHERS in every squad car (I’m still waiting on that one). A practical First aid kit would be decent. Hell, at this point, I’d be happy for a tire iron.

1/30/2009 06:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT!! Where is the media this time? only reporting the negative. What about the positive that happens every day, not only the defrib story but the officers who are also out there acting as marriage counselors and filling in for crossing guards, making those who really appreciate the police feel safe.

1/30/2009 07:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Ro said...

Way to Go!!! Outstanding Job!!! These are the stories we need to read about.

1/30/2009 08:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AEDs only save lives,not generate revenue.

1/30/2009 03:39:00 PM

Sadly, this is so true!

1/30/2009 08:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have one in 007 in the front vestibule where the hypes sleep if you ever need one to recesitate one of these fine citizens

1/30/2009 10:30:00 AM

Don't start crap!! We don't have one.

1/30/2009 08:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anybody remember the bio-hazzard suits that were supposed to be in every department vehicle?

1/30/2009 08:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too funny, it just doesn't stop around here.

A woman leaving a Crosstown Classic game at U.S. Cellular Field last summer is suing the city and a Chicago police officer after a horse belonging to the Chicago Police Department’s mounted unit stepped on and crushed her foot while police attempted to get a rowdy crowd under control.

http://www.southtownstar.com/news/1405915,STNG-CPDhorseLawsuit-0130.article

1/30/2009 08:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was once a plan to put AEDs in every poice station-- don't know what happened to that idea. If there was one at the academy in September when Sgt TK had the big one, it may have saved his life.

And I don't buy the liability issue. We should be liable for the fact that we DON'T have them in stations and cars.

1/30/2009 09:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man leads police on 9-hour chase, cops say

Damn, this is one hell of a chase, from Springfield to Schaumburg, nine hours long.

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/01/man-leads-police-on-9-hour-chase-cops-say.html

1/30/2009 09:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Financial Meltdown Coming?

While the U.S. government is resisting nationalizing its biggest banks, Roubini says it will have no choice because they are now “effectively insolvent.” And the outcome may be even worse than even he anticipates if governments fail to take aggressive steps to recapitalize banks and revive their economies, he says: “The risk of a near-depression shouldn’t be underestimated.”

1/30/2009 09:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's instances like this that should get in the media, but sadly don't. Way to go Office, quick thinking! Sounds like a large crowd of the silent majortiy that support the Police saw the heroics.

1/30/2009 09:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob was so cool under stress that his toothpick was still intact by the time it was all over.

1/30/2009 10:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
AEDs only save lives,not generate revenue.

1/30/2009 03:39:00 PM

Daley will charge them for charging them,"I mean, uh we kind of saved their life. Dem people should pay for dat. Dat's not a free service. Tings cost money."

1/30/2009 10:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Station security is a joke at most stations. The afternoon desk crew in 025 is too busy shopping on line, they don't even see who walks in most of the time.

1/30/2009 09:21:00 AM

WHAT ARE YOU, NEW?!? They are ignoring you.

1/30/2009 10:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Every Police station. They should be in every government building & every squad car. Don't laugh you may be out working someday and your partner mat have the big one and you won't know what to do. In Seattle Wa. every squad car has one. I think they also have them in the twin cities too.

1/30/2009 08:01:00 AM

A few years ago there was a bad accident on the Ryan involving an unmarked. 3 cops got messed up, 1 was burnt on his legs. After this incident, the Department vowed that there would be FIRE EXTINGUISHERS in every squad car (I’m still waiting on that one). A practical First aid kit would be decent. Hell, at this point, I’d be happy for a tire iron.

1/30/2009 06:30:00 PM

You mean somebody is getting a tire iron and I'm not! WTF We have 4 X 40 air conditioning.

1/30/2009 10:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Landshark is not only a hero but also a MARINE!! Miss u in 012 XoXo

1/30/2009 10:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OFF TOPIC
heard an off duty P.O. was robbed in 008 this after noon, at a gas station at 6700 s. kedzie. I was on citywide 10-1 was called.(no where close sorry office) I think
bad guy was caught by an OCD/gang unit and made his way to the hospital by "A" ambulance.

1/30/2009 11:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
Station security is a joke at most stations. The afternoon desk crew in 025 is too busy shopping on line, they don't even see who walks in most of the time.

1/30/2009 09:21:00 AM

WHAT ARE YOU, NEW?!? They are ignoring you.

1/30/2009 10:30:00 PM


Maybe if you made an effort to make yourself known as a non-idiot, you would know that they can get your stuff done without so much as looking up at you.

Get your head out of your ass.

1/31/2009 12:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have one in 007 in the front vestibule where the hypes sleep if you ever need one to recesitate one of these fine citizens

1/30/2009 10:30:00 AM

Don't start crap!! We don't have one.

1/30/2009 08:25:00 PM

No really, what if one of those scum bag shit smelling wastes of human life were to go in cardiac arrest you mean to tell me we have no means to aid these vermin to go on and contribute to the human race in a positive and fulfilling godly manner?

1/31/2009 11:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Illinois ever requires AED's in every squad car in the state, there will be an exemption for cities of over 500,000 population.

1/31/2009 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to say thank you to all my fellow brothers and sisters for your fine words.Also for the excellent work that you do...SEMPRE FI, BOB GAMEZ..

1/31/2009 03:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

City will never train us in CPR-would open them up for many more lawsuits.....

1/31/2009 03:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"GREAT!! Where is the media this time? only reporting the negative. "

Uh, dumbass, this WAS in the media! Remarkable, but not surprising, that there are some of you guys who cannot praise the officer but would rather bash "the media."
You want more stories like this? Stop complaining and demand some results from the office that gets paid to suppress crime news and be the official mouthpiece to the media. CFD is always pitching good news stories -- where's your equivalent?

1/31/2009 10:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

City will never train us in CPR-would open them up for many more lawsuits.....

We all have been trained in CPR, where have you been? a refresher course once in awhile would be nice..

2/02/2009 01:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed in this blog and in reponses to articles posted on major local news sites that so many people feel that this story represents the what CPD really does and stands for.

One man responded to the Gamez story by commenting that he was so inspired that he printed the article out to show his son.

And I agree! For that reason, Mr. Gamez and his story should continue to be recognized! To his family, friends, and fellow cops, you should nominate him for the 2009 Heroes Breakfast at the Fairmont Chicago on April 23. This is an great event by the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago which honors local heroes for their dedication to the community and acts of bravery.

I know that nominations are due this Friday, February 6th! So go to the website www.chicagoredcross.org, and nominate Mr. Gamez. Obviously, some of you are his pals, so give him a pat on the back. In a big way. By nominating him!

2/03/2009 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Mary Gamez said...

I would like to thank my husbands fellow officers and friends for your words of kindness. As you know, Robert (Bob) is a modest man and was very touched. We are all proud to have him as a colleague, brother and friend. And I am one hell of a proud wife!!

2/03/2009 10:35:00 PM  

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