Veteran Ill. police officer dies after drowning in lake

Police said Victor Lopez, a 21-year veteran, suffered a medical emergency before drowning


By Sarah Calams

PALATINE, Ill. — Family, friends and colleagues are mourning the death of a veteran police officer who drowned while swimming in a lake.

NBC Chicago reported that Palatine Police Department Officer Victor Lopez, a 21-year veteran, was swimming in the sandbar area at Petite Lake with friends on July 3 when he went under water. His friends found him unconscious under water near their boat, took him to shore and began administering CPR. 

Paramedics transported Officer Lopez to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. (Photo/Palatine Police Department)
Paramedics transported Officer Lopez to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. (Photo/Palatine Police Department)

Paramedics responded to the scene and transported Lopez, 49, to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said Lopez had a medical emergency before drowning.

"Officer 'Vic' Lopez will be truly missed by the members of the Palatine Police Department," the department said in a release.

A memorial service is being planned, but details are not yet available.

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