Cop Saves Drowning Man
- A 21-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department kept a 58-year-old man from becoming submerged in icy Lake Michigan waters off Oak Street Beach on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
Near North District Officer Wadell Hardy was among the first on the scene about 1 p.m. when someone called in that a person was in the water near 1000 N. Lake Shore Drive, after police say the man may have tried to plunge in the cold water briefly but realized too late he would have difficulty getting out.
The Police Marine Unit responded and crews were able to pull a man from the water, said police spokesman [...]. The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospitalfor treatment....
Hardy saw the man’s clothes nearby and was able to spot the man in the water.
When Hardy saw the man, “He had that look of fear, that this is going to be it,” Hardy said in a news conference at the Near North District Headquarters Sunday evening. At first, Hardy was afraid to venture out onto the ice to try to rescue the man, but went ahead with the rescue.
Yeah, that ice isn't exactly sturdy. All's well that ends well - great job Officer.
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