4 Chicago officers recognized for life-saving actions after shooting

The officers acted quickly to save a 15-year-old's life he was seriously injured last week

Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Four Chicago police officers have been nominated for the Police Department’s lifesaving award for their quick response to the shooting of a 15-year-old boy in West Lawn last week, officials said.

Officials detailed the events of Nov. 19, when they helped save the life of the teen who was shot about 12:45 a.m. in the 7100 block of South Lawndale Avenue on the Southwest Side.


On November 20, 2019 at approximately 7:35 a.m., Officer Mary Elle Meuris from the 22nd (Morgan Park) District was on routine patrol in the 2700 block of W. 103rd Street when she saw a crossing guard collapse in the street. Officer Meuris called for backup and rushed to the victim. When she did not feel a pulse, she started CPR until other first responders arrived. The victim was transported to Little Company of Mary Hospital and will make a full recovery. Officer Meuris was reunited with crossing guard she helped and spoke to the media about her actions. #CPDMediaCar

Posted by Chicago Police Department on Monday, November 25, 2019

At the time, authorities said the 15-year-old was walking when he suddenly felt pain and realized he was shot. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition, officials said.

In a news release about the lifesaving award, the agency said four officers found the teen suffering from wounds to the back and chest. Using their training, the officers used a “chest seal” to control the teen’s breathing and to slow the bleeding.

“They continued to keep the victim calm and awake,” until paramedics arrived, according to the release. His condition later was stabilized at the hospital.

Their sergeant nominated the four officers for the department’s lifesaving award.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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