Officer Makes Flood Rescue



Hombre Darby

City of North Chicago




Video: Police Officer Rescue

Officer Makes Rescue from Flooding Vehicle


North Chicago, IL. (August 16, 2022)- Heavy rains over a week caused flooding on the evening of July 23, 2022.  At approximately 8:45:pm, Officer Gary Grayer with the North Chicago Police Department was on shift and identified an occupied vehicle under the overpass at 24th & Bobby E. Thompson Highway in North Chicago; near Great Lakes Naval Base.

Officer Grayer waded through waist high water and the vehicle, with the front end completely submerged in water contained one occupant, a 73 year old female with water up to her upper body.  While communicating details to Dispatch, Officer Grayer calmed the passenger and removed her from the vehicle, guiding her to safety through the deep water.  A brisk current can be seen in the provided video (link below) from Officer Grayer’s department issued bodycam.

Officer Grayer reported, “I transported [the passenger] back to the police department and gave her blankets to stay warm,” Though shaken up, the occupant refused transport to the hospital and was picked up by family from NCPD.  The car was later retrieved by tow.

About:  North Chicago is a community of over 30,000 people between Chicago and Milwaukee on the shore of Lake Michigan in Lake County, Illinois.  It is home to Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science along with pharmaceutical companies, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie.  Leon Rockingham serves as North Chicago’s Mayor.