A 911 dispatcher working the night Chicago police officer Ella French was fatally shot is receiving praise for his quick thinking that likely saved her partner’s life.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago police Supt. David Brown on Monday thanked Keith Thornton Jr. for his efforts. The gesture comes after thousands shared Ian Matthew Lopez’s post acknowledging Thornton’s handling of the fatal shooting on social media.

As an EMT and former police officer, Thornton is familiar with the streets of Chicago. Last Saturday night, as a chaotic scene unfolded, the calm voice charged with getting Ella French and her partner to the hospital as soon as possible was heard loud and clear, WGN reports.

His quick thinking is being credited for saving the lives of more officers and helping law enforcement on the streets quickly apprehend the suspects.

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) will formally recognize Thornton at a later date.

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