A veteran suburban police officer saved a man’s life when he performed CPR for the first time in his seven-year career in law enforcement.
Hazel Crest Police Officer Shawn Siville was the first to arrive at the scene after Jocelyn Hicks’ stopped breathing in the back seat of their car.
“I see the guy laying on the ground, lifeless,” Siville said. “There was blood coming out of his mouth. I checked for a pulse and didn’t feel anything.”
Siville immediately began performing CPR while he and the family waited for paramedics to arrive.
“I knew what I had to do, otherwise he wouldn’t make it,” Siville said.
The moment marked the first time Siville has had to perform CPR, a moment the seven-year veteran said was surreal.
“Even when I was doing compressions, hearing breaths coming out and wheezing… this is actually working,” he said.
The victim was taken to the hospital and doctors say Siville's CPR saved his life.
“He is the guy who is just so humble,” said Hazel Crest Police Chief Mitchell Davis. “For him to step up to the plate is just tremendous.”
The victim’s family said they are grateful Siville was at the scene.
“If it wasn’t for you, he wouldn’t be here,” Hicks said. “Thank you so much.”
Siville will be honored at a city council meeting next month.