Monday, June 13, 2016

Water Rescue

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.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know the fireman, but Donovan Jackson is the real police, and I'm damn proud of him!

6/13/2016 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the men on a job well done.
Chicago should honor these saviors.

6/13/2016 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good work gentlemen,congratulations. Teamwork pays off.

6/13/2016 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good job office and cfd brother

6/13/2016 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Revolversaurus (ret) said...

Well done gentlemen, well done.

6/13/2016 03:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard this unfold over the air while working in 003, . Nice job CFD and CPD

6/13/2016 05:41:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

Excellent job gentlemen.

6/13/2016 06:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic...Please post. Anyone out there who knows somebody having a hard time, please take a minute and talk to them. Depression is serious and takes on many forms. We are all we have. We would respond to an assist call in a heartbeat, consider this to be the same thing. Thank you. And This may sound absurd, but I Love you all my brothers and sisters. We do not say that often enough.

6/13/2016 08:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good job guys

put in for some OT

6/13/2016 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good work office and ff.

6/13/2016 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone call Hollywood, I'm sensing a movie.

6/13/2016 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo guys way to work together!

6/13/2016 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Civilian here.

Thank you for your service. We can always count on our first responders.

6/13/2016 08:30:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

Great job Guys!! :-)

6/13/2016 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6/13/2016 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Hawaii they call themselves watermen.

While things can get a little dicier at places like Waimea on the north shore of Oahu, conditions can get pretty sporty on Lake Michigan too. All the great lakes should be respected, at all times.

Good job by the "former" lifeguards.

6/13/2016 01:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That dude shall be known henceforth as Action Jackson. He one bad mut#a*u×$er!

6/13/2016 02:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great work guys!

Were the boaters wearing their life vests? Every summer I read about people drowning in the lake because they can't be bothered to wear one.

6/13/2016 03:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another example of 'Chicago's Finest and Bravest First Responders'
"WE" appreciate and acknowledge your dedication and sacrifice.
Thank you both for a job well done.
You make us ALL proud of your selfless efforts, truly Chicago Heroes.

6/13/2016 04:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to read a good post here and there. Great job guys

6/13/2016 05:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This deserves an award or commendation.

6/13/2016 07:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Job Guys.

6/13/2016 07:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn, you guys gots REAL balls! Great Job!

6/13/2016 08:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if there was any appreciation by those who were saved. Probably BLM activists when not operating unsafe watercraft.

6/13/2016 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice story, scratch that-very nice story with a happy ending for a change. Great job, guys!!

6/13/2016 11:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Water rescues are not oo be taken lightly, especially in 60* water since hypothermia can take you - not just the victim - down quickly. Congrats for a true act of heroism which the media will merely give a footnote. They are too busy trying to take down the two tac officers who had a combative/non-compliant arrestee. The officers were treated for injuries, including human bite wounds. But the trolls will focus on the kick that was used to subdue the offender.

Retired .38 spl + P

6/14/2016 05:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job! I'm a rescue swimmer and in those conditions with water that cold, you have to have the "testicular fortitude" to do this, great job to all involved, hope all the recognition goes to your superior skills on a treacherous lake!

6/14/2016 02:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome job guys! I know Donovan and i'm not surprised!! Great job!

6/14/2016 02:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read every comment, thank you very much for the compliments, both of us appreciate it very much! CPD/CFD4LIFE!

6/17/2016 09:07:00 PM  

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