Chicago Police Sergeant Runs Race, Saves a Life, and Gets Engaged All in a Few Hours #GoodVibes

With Jason Pullman

November 6, 2019

Ronald Martinez


Chicago Police Sergeant Mike Nowacki ran the Allstate Hot Chocolate Run over the weekend in full SWAT gear because his girlfriend Officer Gubala was working at the finish line.

Since Gubala had to work the race, Nowacki wanted to support her and make it interesting for himself, so he decided to participate in full uniform. He also had something else planned...but we'll get to that later. 

Near the finish line, Nowacki started to hear people hysterically yelling for a medic. He stopped as soon as he saw an unresponsive woman lying on the ground. He began administering CPR until paramedics arrived.

It was discovered later that the woman suffered a cardiac arrest, but thanks to Nowacki's quick thinking, she will make a full recovery. Nowacki later told news outlets that it was a very crazy moment because if he had run a little bit faster or slower he never would have encountered the woman and then who knows what would have happened.

After performing CPR and realizing the woman was going to live, he finished the race because he had another task on his mind.

As soon as he crossed the finish line, he approached Officer Gubala and proposed! 

Gubala was a little confused at first and thought he was hurt when he went down on his knee, but as soon as she realized what was happening, she immediately said yes! 

What a day they both will never forget. Nowacki ran a race in full SWAT gear, saved a life, and then got engaged all in a matter of a few hours! #GoodVibes

We had both officers on the show to share their #GoodVibes story!