Cops save life of fellow officer at police headquarters

A group of Chicago police officers saved the life of a fellow officer who collapsed at police headquarters late Saturday.

Around 9:55 p.m., a 55-year-old officer was in the lobby of the police headquarters building at 3510 S. Michigan Ave. when he lost consciousness, according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department.

The incident happened during shift change, and at least six police officers were in the lobby and came to the aid of the officer, who is a 29-year veteran of the department, police said.

Officer Norma Colon and her partner, Officer Beata Staszewski, had just started their overnight shifts and walked into the building when the officer collapsed in front of them.

Staszewski ran up to him and started chest compressions, while other officers in the lobby called an ambulance, she said.

Officers then used an automated external defibrillator on the officer, and he regained consciousness.

“We were all there, and we worked as a team,” Colon said.

The officer was taken to an area hospital, where his condition stabilized, police said.

Staszewski, who has been with the department for 12 years, said it was her first time performing CPR on a fellow officer.

“It was a great feeling when he came back,” Staszewski said. “We were relieved.”

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