Brian Alaniz was born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago and attended Brother Rice High School. After years of working in the trades, Brian became a Chicago police officer. He started his career ten years ago in the 010th district where he worked as a patrol officer and later on a gang team. Brian left this district briefly to work with a unit, but eventually returned to 010.
On 31 OCT 10 Brian was working a beat car in the 010th district. After monitoring a chase on the radio that began in the 011th district, Brian and his partner met the chase at I-55 and Damen where the vehicle had crashed. As Brian attempted to extract the rear passenger of the van he was shot. An ambulance was dispatched and he was transported to Stroger Hospital via the CFD.
To other officers who may find themselves in a similar situation, Brian recommends being transported to the hospital in a squad car. The ambulance that was dispatched took 12 minutes to arrive and did not administer any first aid on the way to the hospital. Brian feels very lucky as the wound was only millimeters from his femoral artery. Without the help of his fellow officers on scene controlling and slowing down the bleeding, doctors stated that the outcome would have been fatal.