Broadview Honors Hero Who Saved Woman’s Life, Swears In Police Lt., Sgt.

Monday, January 22, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Chris Psenicka, a Broadview Fire Explorer, was honored for saving a woman’s life during a Jan. 16 board meeting. | Photo submitted 

Chris Psenicka was driving home from school two months ago one when he saw a woman lying helpless on the sidewalk.

“Chris pulled over, got out of his vehicle, saw that the woman wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse and started CPR,” recalled Broadview Fire Chief Tracy Kenny during a Jan. 16 regular board meeting.

“The fire department arrived and the woman lived and is here to tell the story,” Kenny said. “The wild side of the story is that the woman’s husband was Christopher’s first Cub Scout [leader]. So, the connection is unbelievable and it proves that CPR saves lives.”

Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson presented Psenicka — the “first Fire Explorer the village ever had,” according to Kenny — with the village’s first Hero Award.

“I knew I’d eventually have to use those skills, but not this soon,” Psenicka told My Suburban Life. “But I’m glad I had the proper training to execute my skills.”

Read more about Psenicka’s life-saving moment in the My Suburban Life article (click here).

Broadview swears in police lieutenant and sergeant 

During the same Jan. 16 meeting, village officials also swore in Broadview Police Lieutenant Thomas Kostka and Sergeant Pierre Smith.

Lt. Thomas Kostka, left, and Sgt. Pierre Smith get sworn in on Jan. 16. | Screenshot 

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