By an off-duty cop and an off-duty fire fighter, friends since high school and their work together as lifeguards:
- An unexpected rescue in Lake Michigan reminded an off-duty Chicago police detective and a Chicago firefighter of when their friendship began 30 years ago as teammates on their high school swim team and working as lifeguards.
Detective Donovan Jackson and firefighter Rylenski Strong were jet skiing in the lake near the 6500 block of Lake Shore Drive on the South Side about 8 p.m. Friday. They were about to go in for the evening when Jackson encountered a capsized speedboat with a man sitting on top of it and three others swimming in the 60-degree water.
The victims told Jackson that a fifth person went missing when the boat capsized. Jackson called 911 and flagged Strong over. The two sprung into action.
“Once you’re a lifeguard, you’re always a lifeguard, and a cop is never off duty and neither is a firefighter. We happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Jackson said Sunday.
The two quickly found the missing fifth person surviving in an air pocket under the boat. They then shuttled everybody to the shore where emergency personnel were waiting and then went back out to bring in the victims’ boat.
A great job with hypothermia a real threat to those in the water. Right place at the right time and knowing the right thing to do. Well done.
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