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Record #: R2015-114   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 3/18/2015 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 3/18/2015
Title: Gratitude extended to Police Officer Wadell Hardy III for life-saving efforts
Sponsors: Emanuel, Rahm
Attachments: 1. R2015-114.pdf
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
CITY OF CHICAGO
RAHM EMANUEL
MAYOR
March 18,2015










TO THE HONORABLE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO


Ladies and Gentlemen:

I transmit herewith a congratulatory resolution concerning the Chicago Police Department.

Your favorable consideration of this resolution will be appreciated.

Mayor

Very truly yours,


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^Jresented by MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL Qn MARCH 18, 2015


BY6&S, On the frigid afternoon of January 18, 2015, Chicago Police Officer Wadell Hardy III, Star #12385, responded to a marine distress call on the shore of Oak Street Beach. A citizen in a nearby high rise had observed a man strip down to his shorts and jump into the freezing waters of Lake Michigan; and

WHEREAS, It suddenly became clear that the man's plunge into the icy waters had gone terribly wrong. He began to struggle, unable to pull himself back to safety on the Ice; and

WHEREAS, Officer Hardy rushed to the scene, rapidly following directions to where the victim had left his clothes; and

WHEREAS, Knowing that under these conditions, mere seconds can make the difference between life and death, Officer Hardy disregarded his own safety and walked out onto the ice in search of the drowning man; and

WHEREAS, At long last, the man responded to Officer Hardy's calls, shouting that he was quickly losing his grip on the ice. With the Police and Fire Department Marine Units still en route, Officer Hardy knew he had to take immediate action; and

WHEREAS, Stretching himself out on the slick surface, Officer Hardy dug himself into the ice as best he could and reached out to grab the victim; and

WHEREAS, Even though it was too dangerous to try to pull the man completely from the water, Officer Hardy held on to the man until help arrived, while ensuring that he, too, did not get pulled into the lake; and

WHEREAS, The Police and Fire Marine Units arrived soon thereafter. Thanks to the...

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