Cop describes rescuing boy from river

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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.


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