Illinois Officer saves a life running race, then proposes


(CNN) — A life-saving emergency did not ruin a Chicago Police Officer’s picture-perfect proposal.

Sergeant Mike Nowacki wanted to pop the question to a fellow officer at the end of the “Hot Chocolate” Race on Sunday.

Another runner went into cardiac arrest just before the finish line, so Nowacki and another cop sprang into action.

“So I was almost done with the race and my plan was to propose at the finish line, but about 150 yards south of the finish line I hear people screaming ‘medic, medic.’ My training kind of kicked in and I went towards the crowd of people,” said Sgt. Nowacki.

“It was great and once he finished it in his full gear, helmet, everything, and he’s sweating and I wanted to talk to him about what happened, to find out more information and he got down on one knee and I thought he was hurt and he just said “Erin, I don’t know what to say and I realized what was going on and I was like ‘oh’, and then one of the pictures we have taken is with all out gear on, we couldn’t even hug, we’re so far away from each other. I think I finally did day ‘yes.’ (laughter) I did, I’m positive,” explained Chicago Police Officer Erin Gubala.

“You let me put the ring on, so,” Sgt. Nowacki said

Nowacki ended up saving the runner, and getting Officer Gubala to say “yes.”

The couple is now officially engaged.

The runner is still hospitalized, but she’s expected to be okay.


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