Oak Lawn police officers Mike Lupa and Joel Bess joined lifetime Oak Lawn resident Bob Philbin at a recent village board meeting to receive a life saving award for their heroic efforts to save the life of man in March of this year.
Lupa and Bess responded to the Oak Lawn Racquet club when the dispatchers received a call that a man was “unconscious” due to an unknown medical condition. The man was on one of the racquetball courts and he was receiving CPR from lifetime Oak Lawn resident Robert Philbin.
Lupa took over the chest compressions and used the AED to administer a shock that resulted in the man being able to breath. The paramedics arrived on the scene and transported the victim to Advocate Christ Hospital where it was confirmed that the man had survived a heart attack due to the work of Philbin and the two police officers.
Oak Lawn Police Chief Randy Palmer presented the awards to the two officers and Philbin at an April board meeting noting that the victim had survived because of the heroic efforts of Philbin, the two police officers and the paramedics. Palmer thanked the paramedics for their work also.
The victim was in the audience and he shook the hands of all three men and stood next to Philbin as Palmer read the facts of the case and presented the awards. Palmer said he was proud of the police officers and said he is proud of the men and women on a daily basis.
Mayor Sandra Bury congratulated all three men and said the village is “bursting with pride”.