EMS Workers Honored For Saving 3-Year-Old Boy, Chicago Cop

(CBS) — A three-year-old boy and a Chicago Police officer wouldn’t be alive without the quick actions of paramedics. Wednesday, they met their lifesavers.

CBS-2’S Roseanne Tellez reports there were tears and kisses for EMS workers from the family of a three-year-old boy who they rescued.

The Chargulaf family was at Millennium Park last April when Dominic hopped out of his stroller and then collapsed.

“I’m just overwhelmed because these are the people that saved his life,” the mother said.

The mother started CPR and then handed it off to the paramedics. She is grateful for a chance to say thanks.

“If we didn’t do what we did and they hadn’t shown up as fast, we know the outcome. They told us, he wouldn’t have made it,” she said

“You see a kid blue in the face, this is what I do. I love this job. I’m just thankful this kid is still here,” said Lt. Martinez Chapman.

Chicago Police officer John Murphy is also thankful to the paramedics who kept him alive after a heart attack last October.

“It goes unnoticed. They saved my life. My heart stopped nine times,” said Murphy. “If an ambulance came 5-7 minutes later there’s no way I would’ve made it.”

Those paramedics all received awards for their fast action. While they’re often on the news fighting big fires and catastrophes, this is what they do the most: quietly answer calls of ordinary folks in crisis.

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