A security guard at Oak Lawn-based community high school District 218 recently went above and beyond duty and was commended for his efforts on Thursday.
Chris Harris, retired from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and formerly the school resource officer at Alan B. Shepherd High School in Palos Heights, is currently leading the district’s adult transition program for ages 18-22. is working on He is a disabled student.
When 21-year-old student Kyle Jenkins went missing on Dec. 18, Harris literally worked overtime.
Harris told NBC 5, “I shouldn’t have let this kid do that by doing nothing.
For three days, Harris hit the pavement after hours and used his contacts to help Kyle’s grandmother and the police get him home. At one point, Kyle is seriously injured after being hit by a hit-and-run driver.
At the hospital, Kyle was billed to another family. However, Harris, who happened to be working as Santa Claus at the same hospital, suspected a misidentification and entered the intensive care unit.
There – he saw Kyle.
I felt relieved, like the world had been lifted off my shoulders,” Harris said.
Kyle will be out of the hospital soon, and Harris and his classmates are looking forward to his return.