The end line of Sunday’s Allstate Scorching Chocolate 15Ok Run was life-changing for Chicago Police Sgt. Mike Nowacki, his girlfriend, and a whole stranger with “serendipitous” timing.
The 19-year-veteran of the Chicago Police Division and SWAT medic deliberate on proposing to his girlfriend of a number of years, Chicago Police Officer Erin Gubala, who was stationed on the end line of the 9-mile race, however when he approached the tip, rehearsing his strains in his head, he put his plans on maintain to reply the decision of obligation.
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“I hear individuals screaming, ‘medic, medic,'” Nowacki mentioned throughout a press convention Monday. “As a police officer, we go towards the sound of gunfire after which as a SWAT medic we even have that intuition to go towards the sound of somebody calling ‘medic.'”
Gubala heard her boyfriend’s name signal saying he was administering CPR, which put her on pins and needles ready to see what would occur within the life-or-death scenario.
“Earlier than I knew it he was working at me, crossing the end line,” she mentioned. “He obtained down on one knee and I believed that he was harm, after which he mentioned, ‘Erin, I do not know what to say,’ after which I spotted what was happening…”
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Nowacki mentioned, “Will you marry me?” but it surely was a blur for the couple.
Gubala added: “I lastly did say sure.”
“It was positively a serendipitous second,” Nowacki mentioned. “As a result of if I had run a bit of bit slower or a bit of bit sooner I by no means would’ve encountered the younger girl,” and turning to his fiance, he added, “after which she needed to say sure after that.”
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The 2 are planning a “easy” wedding ceremony, however Nowacki mentioned he will not be sporting the SWAT gear on the massive day.