Several Chicago Police Officers Overcome by Smoke While Rescuing Retired Cop from Fire

Chicago Police Department

Rosemary Sobol

Chicago Tribune


Four on-duty Chicago police officers jumped into a Beverly neighborhood home to rescue its owner, a retired Chicago police officer, Thursday night in the Beverly neighborhood on the Southwest Side, according to Fire Department officials.

The five officers were “all doing great,” suffering from “minor smoke inhalation,” at hospitals, said Chicago Fire Department Chief Frank Velez.

The fire, which had been extinguished as of 8:30 p.m., began in the attached garage of a home belonging to the retired officer in the 9300 block of South Oakley Avenue, and smoke spread to the house.

The four on-duty officers appeared to have been driving by, saw the fire and jumped into action around 7:45 p.m.

“They went inside to see if anybody was there, and they were overcome with smoke,” Velez said.

Two of the officers went to Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Evergreen Park, and two went to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Velez said. There were also two people who were displaced, and the American Red Cross had been contacted for them.

The blaze didn’t cause much damage to the home’s exterior.

Chicago police said only the four on-duty officers were taken to hospitals.

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