Two Chicago police officers arrived to Monday night's chaotic quintuple shooting scene in the Back of the Yards neighborhood and were immediately met by a woman carrying a wounded baby.
The baby, 11-month-old Princeton Chew, was losing a lot of blood. No ambulances were in sight.
The Deering District officers, John Conneely and Michael Modzelewski, were left with no choice but to go against department protocol -- and drive Princeton to the hospital on their own, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Princeton was one of five people shot following a family outing a little after 7 p.m. Monday near 53rd and Aberdeen streets in the South Side's Back of the Yards neighborhood. The boy's mother and grandmother were killed in the shooting.
At a news conference Tuesday, Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy praised the two officers for their split-second decision not to wait for an ambulance, which is credited with saving the baby's life.