Police officers are
never really off duty.
A case in point: on
July 19, Chesterton Police Officer Erik Herbert was off duty and on his way
to the gym in Portage, driving his marked squad car, when a woman flagged
him down at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Ind. 249.
Turns out, a man
was having a cardiac arrest.
as he’d been trained to do, with CPR, and was on his way back to his squad
car to fetch his department-issued automated external defibrillator when EMS
arrived and took over patient care.
The patient, a
Porter County resident, survived the incident, and at the Police
Commission’s meeting Thursday evening Police Chief Dave Cincoski presented
to Herbert the CPD’s Lifesaving Award and Medal “for extraordinary
In the award’s
citation, Cincoski noted that Herbert conducted CPR on the man for longer
than four minutes and that his efforts have been certified as saving the
“This is a perfect
example of why we want off-duty police officers to travel in their marked
cars,” Member Mike Orlich said. “If Officer Herbert had been in his personal
vehicle, the woman wouldn’t have known he’s a police officer and wouldn’t
have flagged him down.”
“You’re never off
duty,” Orlich added. “Even when you’re off duty.”