Peter O’Hagan was lucky his blue-clad guardian angel was nearby when his van caught fire on I-55 as he drove in Chicago.
As O’Hagan tried to remove his welding gear from the burning van, Chicago Police Officer Claudio Salgado dashed up and pulled the Oak Lawn man away seconds before the vehicle exploded.
On Sunday, the two men exchanged handshakes — then hugs — at the Central District station where Salgado works as O’Hagan thanked the veteran officer for rescuing him last Tuesday.
The four-year department veteran will be nominated for a lifesaving award, officials said Sunday.He received that award last year for preventing a person with Alzheimer’s disease from jumping into Lake Michigan, said his boss...
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