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The finish line of Sunday’s Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K was, your life will change for the Chicago Police Sgt. Mike Nowacki, and his friend, a complete stranger with the chance of timing.

The 19-year-old, a veteran of the Chicago Police department and a SWAT team medic, planned to propose to his girlfriend of several years, Chicago Police Officer Erin Gubala, who was stationed at the finish line of the 9-mile race, but when he got to the end, rehearsing the lines in his head and he’s put his plans on hold to answer the call of duty.

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“I heard people shouting,” doctor, doctor, doctor,'” Nowacki said at a press conference on Monday. “As a police officer, we are moving in the direction of the sound of gunfire, and then, as a SWAT-medic, we also have that instinct to go in the direction of the sound of the calls of ‘doctor.'”

Chicago Police Officer Erin Gubala with a SWAT Sgt. Mike Nowacki wedding on Sunday, after Nowacki, ran the Hot Chocolate 15k is in full swing, and the revival of one of the other runner.
(Chicago Police Department)

Gubala had heard her best friend call to say he was the manager of the CPR, put her on pins and needles waiting to see what was going to happen in a life-or-death situation.

“Before I knew it, he was walking towards me from the finish line,” she said. “He went down on one knee and I thought he was hurt, and then he said,” Erin, I don’t know what to say, and then I realized what was going on…”

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Nowacki said, “will you marry me?”, but it was all a blur for the couple.

Gubala, added: “I finally did say yes.”

Chicago Police Officer Erin Gubala with a SWAT Sgt. Mike Nowacki wedding on Sunday, after Nowacki, ran the Hot Chocolate 15k is in full swing, and the revival of one of the other runner.
(Chicago Police Department)

“It was a random moment in time,” Nowacki said. “If I was a little bit slower or a bit faster, and I would never have found the young lady,” and, turning to his fiancée, he added, “and then she had to say yes after that.”

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The two were going for a “simple” wedding, but Nowacki said he would not be wearing the SWAT gear for the day.

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