Naperville Police Officers Rescue Man from DuPage River

On Saturday May 27, 2017 at approximately 3:08PM Naperville Police officers were dispatched to the 800 block of South Washington Street for a report of a potentially intoxicated subject who was walking in traffic.

Upon arrival, officers began searching the area for the subject, ultimately locating him on Edgewater Drive. When the subject saw the responding officers he ran towards the DuPage River and jumped in. Due to recent rain, the river was high and the current was moving quickly. Officers called for the subject to get out of the water however he continued to go deeper into the river eventually getting swept up in the current.

Officers Scott Donofrio and Don Porus acted quickly and ran towards the water. A quick thinking neighborhood resident saw the officers and offered them the use of his kayak. Officer Donofrio quickly entered the river in the kayak and was able to catch up to the subject who had now drifted south approaching the Gartner Avenue bridge. Officer Donofrio was able to grab onto the subject and began pulling him towards the shore. Officer Porus entered the water and aided Officer Donofrio is pulling the subject from the river where Naperville Fire Department Medics began rendering aid. The subject was ultimately transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Thanks to the quick actions of these two officers, and the awareness of a neighborhood resident, this subject was rescued from the river, likely saving his life.


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