Officer saves baby on Chicago Skyway

The boy's father flagged down the officer near a McDonald's parking lot


By Jon Seidel
Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — The wail of a 21-month-old boy at the hospital became "the greatest noise in the world" to the Chicago police officer credited with saving the child's life Saturday on the Chicago Skyway.

Officer Ed Pakula said he was on his way to the Indiana border at 12:24 p.m. when the boy's father flagged him down by the McDonald's parking lot. The man led him to the unconscious boy who wasn't breathing and whose eyes had rolled to the back of his head.

Pakula said he didn't stop to think — his training kicked in. He called for help, put the boy on the asphalt with his hand beneath the child's head, and he started giving the boy CPR. With each puff of breath, he said, the boy struggled to wake up.

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