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Cop rescues boy from river

An off-duty Evanston police officer rescued a 7-year-old boy from the Des Plaines River.

He spoke to WGN exclusively about the experience.

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An Evanston Police Officer rescues a young boy from the icy and fast-moving currents of the Des Plaines River.

O’Brien and his girlfriend were driving along Tuesday when he saw a 7 year-old boy throw a snowball into the river, and then jump in after it.

O’Brien stopped his vehicle, then rushed down into the water. He yelled at the boy to grab his hand, and pulled him out.

The boy warmed up in his car, and became buddies with O’Brien’s dog.

Despite his quick action, O’Brien doesn’t think he’s a hero.

“As cliche as it may sound, that’s what many of us sign up for the police department to do… is to help people. So, I don’t think it matters whether you’re on or off duty,” said O’Brien.

O’Brien was also honored in 2009 for pulling a fellow officer from a burning vehicle.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this report.

An off-duty Evanston police officer rescued a 7-year-old boy from the Des Plaines River.

The Sun-Times reports officer Sean O’Brien was driving near river road and miner street Tuesday afternoon, when he saw the boy running.

He followed the boy as he went to the bank of the river, and threw a snowball in.

Then the boy jumped into the water.

The officer went in after him.

He brought the boy to his car, and called an ambulance.

The boy was taken to the hospital in good condition.

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