Officer who helped 10-year-old shooting victim: ‘I just do my job’

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CHICAGO – A 10-year-old boy remains in the hospital after he was shot earlier this week in Chicago.

The Chicago officer who helped save his life is being called a hero.  But he says he was just doing his job.

Sgt. Bryan Topczewski was nearing the end of a long shift Monday night in a district that had already seen three homicides.  He was leaving the scene of one of those murders when got the call.

He arrived on the scene of the shooting in Lawndale and found 10-year-old Tavon Tanner face-down, bleeding from the nose and mouth.  Tavon’s twin sister Taniyah was holding his hand, begging him not to leave her.

Tavon had been playing on his front porch in when someone let loose with about nine shots.

It took Sgt Topczewski  a minute to find the gunshot wound, near the small of the boy's back. Knowing tavon was bleeding internally, he grabbed his first aid pack and rendered what aid he could until paramedics arrived.

Mayor Emanuel paid Tavon a visit at Mount Sinai last night and called Sgt Topczewski this morning.

“I got a call from the mayor this morning, which was real humbling. That was nice,” he said. “My father’s very proud. He’s retired after 33 years on the job.”


Tavon’s mother tells WGN News he’s still critical with the bullet still lodged in his chest.  But he’s improving. And she’s hopeful and also grateful to police and fire for all they did on Monday night.


“I just do my job,” called Sgt Topczewski insists. “It could have been anybody.  It could have been any one of my guys that went and did the same thing, because we’re professionals. We work in a tough environment and they don’t get enough thanks.”

Tavon's family has set up a GoFundMe page.  You can find it here.