Two youthful police officers have been credited with saving the life of a 13-year-old shooting victim in Chicago’s south side.
Julius Givens and Rhonda Wardwho are partners about the force and who each have been with the department for approximately two years, were recorded on video carrying a seriously injured Swaysee Rankin to their squad car and racing the boy to Comer Children’s Hospital.
A ShotSpotter alert (that is a gunshot detection program ) drew police to the area of East 82nd Street and South Coles Avenue. Authorities have described the attack as a drive-by shooting. Someone in a red Jeep Cherokee approached both the Rankin and Randle Archie, Rankin’s 14-year-old cousin. Whoever was in the SUV stopped and turned . Both boys were severely injured.
Police state Rankin was shot in the abdomen and back. Archie was shot in the gut. Both are expected to survive.
“A lady down us and explained there was someone shot inside her backyard across the street. We saw a young guy waving his hands stating he was shot,” Givens said in a media conference. “Officer Ward wasted no more time. I told her to grab his thighs that we were going to have to transport ourselves.”
They knew they did not have time to wait for paramedics, or so the pair carried the adolescent to the back of their squad car — a distance of between a hundred and two hundred feet.
“Stay with me,” Ward said she told the wounded boy. “We’re gont create this trip “
“He trusted people and we wanted him ,” Ward continued. “Stay with us — and he did just that. So, he’s a hero, too”
“He was but a boy, and that does not leave you. And that sped up our procedure.”
“He had been in and out of awareness, so we were trying to keep him alive and keep up him,” Givens remembered.
“We got there right now for me personally ,” Ward added. “That was the primary aim.”
“I feel as if that my baby was a hero to someone, and someone returned the favor,” explained Ashley Jackson, Rankin’s mother, to a group of assembled reporters.
Jackson explained her son’s belly required to be sewn back together by surgeons. She said Rankin was walking out of a friend’s home to his cousin’s home when the gunfire rang out.
“My son isn’t gang connected,” she emphatically continued. “From my understanding, it turned out to be a drive-by shooting, but only something random”
“These children don’t deserve it. “It is ridiculous. This violence has certainly got to cease instantly.”
She pleaded for the shooter to turn himself and to face prosecution.
Another relative said the violence in Chicago has been”crazy”
“We only pray that they stop doing so, because these small children, they have got to mature,” that comparative, who identified himself as a cousin, told reporters. “That is what we turn these into. So, what they are exposed to is what they are going to be. Quit educating this. Quit educating them that this is fine. This is not okay. We will need to do better. We are the case for your young children… violence is not the answer.”
Both relatives heaped glowing praise upon the 2 officers. Though Jackson said she understood it had been clinically dicey to move an injured man, she comprehended that the officers left the right call this time.
“Those officers were rapid,” Jackson said. “I can’t praise you enough”
Officer Ward said her attempts allowed her to meet one of her career objectives.
“It was only heartwarming for me that I was able to save a life, because that is what I got on this endeavor to do,” she explained.
See WBBM’s report below (that contains video of these officers carrying the boy to their automobile ):
[featured picture via screen grabs from WGN-TV]
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