Sunday, August 05, 2012

Off Duty Chicago Firefighter Lt. Steve O’Malley rescue baby from Lake Michigan

Photo: Lt. Steve O’Malley poses for photos for the press after rescuing baby from Lake Michigan

An off-duty Chicago firefighter, who was celebrating his wife’s 51st birthday with a ride on his boat, saved a baby who fell into Lake Michigan Saturday afternoon on the South Side.

A lady with a baby strapped in a stroller was standing at the 31st Street Harbor near where Lt. Steve O’Malley, an off-duty firefighter, was working on his boat about 2 p.m., Fire Media Affairs spokeswoman Meg Ahlheim said.

As O’Malley returned from his car to retrieve some tools, he heard the woman screaming that her baby was in the water, Ahlheim said.

O’Malley said he was also on his cellphone speaking with a friend, who is a Chicago Police officer, about a charity boxing event the two departments compete against each other

“I heard her screaming, ‘My baby, my baby!” O’Malley said.

O’Malley said he dropped the cellphone and dived into the water right behind the baby’s father. He saw the stroller positioned sideways in the water and grabbed the yellow T-shirt of the infant he believed to be about 1 year old. The father grabbed the stroller while O’Malley held onto the baby’s T-shirt and both men were able to keep the stroller above water while swimming to a nearby ladder leading out of the water.

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18 comments:

I Voted For Obama said...

Nicely done.

Anonymous said...

Great job Steve. The fireman IS your friend indeed!

Anonymous said...

Hero!

Anonymous said...

Always carry your best CFD cloths at all times! Well most ff always have the shit on anyway!

Mt Greenwood Hillbilly said...

Lakes are dangerous and people need to be banned from walking near them.

Anonymous said...

Does I voted for pouts always have to leave a comment?? What the fuck!!!!

Anonymous said...

No go back to sleep at the firehouse in front of your 65" plasma. Then roll over on the firehouse whore!!

Jim McMahon said...

Atta boy Steve.

Jim McMahon said...

Atta boy Steve!

Jim McMahon said...

Atta boy Steve.

Anonymous said...

Parents trying to get rid of kid? good thing Steve was there!

Anonymous said...

Right person and the right place at the right time.

No coincidence.

Great job.

Anonymous said...

Steve O"Malley is a GREAT guy. He used to work at the firehouse at 25th and Whipple. He was always intense but in a good way. He used to listen to police calls off duty than I did at work! Other firemen used to pull his leg over being too quick to "get involved" with stuff off-duty but I never knew him to ever go overboard.

Always funny, friendly and helpful, I'll bet that the victim's family had to pry his name out of him as he was walking away. Good work, Steve. Guys on your shift will have a whole new story to make fun of you over.

You KNOW you did the right thing, Steve. The resto f them are just a little jealout it wasn't THEM!

Anonymous said...

NOT to worry , Jose,[or is it Joe] Santiago WILL commend Steve for the NICE JOB he done BUT in Oct. , some NIGGER, or Chief's kid, OR SCAB will win The Lambert Tree, right, just ask how the "FIX" is in for these awards, just ask Jimmy Joyce, Pat Kehoe, Ray Orozcco Sr. AND Jr.

Anonymous said...

Does he wear his CFD outfits 24/7! I'll bet they had to pry his CFD shirt off him!!

I Voted For Obama said...

Yes I always have to leave comment....sometimes two!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Ok cop, we get it you think firemen where shirts off duty. Congrats on the ball bust twice in the same post. Bet you're waiting for your number to get called off the '06 test.

Anonymous said...

At least us cops know how to use "wear" instead of "where".