Hero cop to be honored by Evanston City Council
Evanston Police Officer Sean O'Brien was back to work March 6, a day after he saved a boy from the icy waters of the Des Plaines River. | BOB SEIDENBERG~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 12, 2013 12:27PM
EVANSTON — Police Officer Sean O’Brien will be recognized tonight by the Evanston City Council for rescuing a boy from the Des Plaines River while off-duty, according to a release from the police department.
The honor will take place at 7 p.m. in the Evanston City Council Chambers, Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
O’Brien, a 26-year-old police officer for four years, was driving home with his girlfriend on March 5 when he saw a child running in the street with no adult supervision in Des Plaines.
The child continued toward the edge of the Des Plaines River and proceeded to jump into the river and became submerged. O’Brien immediately jumped in the river and grabbed the child’s hand, pulling him out to safety.
It was learned that the child was a 7-year-old boy, who lives a block away from the river. The child was being watched by the grandmother and had left the house without the grandmother’s knowledge, police said.