2 officers honored for surviving gunshots during drug bust

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CHICAGO -- Two Chicago police officers were honored Tuesday for stopping a drug deal and surviving gunshots during the bust.

The Chicago Police Memorial Fund named Martin Hernandez and Joel Lopez Officers of the Month.

Police said Lopez and Hernandez tried to stop a drug deal in the 4600 block of Maypole in May when Hernandez was shot.

The shot was allegedly fired by Deangela Eaton who was out on bond. Police said she fled from the drug deal and opened fire on the officers. The officers returned fire on Eaton, who was hit and treated at an area hospital and was later arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer.

“I’m thankful we have high quality vests. Luckily, I’m still here," Hernandez said.

The Foundation also received a $5,000 donation to use for buying new bulletproof vests for officers.

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