An off-duty Evanston police officer saved a 7-year-old boy Tuesday who’d jumped into the Des Plaines River.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Officer Sean O’Brien, 26, had spotted the boy running around the intersection of River Road and Miner Street in Des Plaines about 3:30 p.m.

O’Brien said he tried to persuade the child to get out of the street, but instead the youth picked up a big chunk of snow, threw it into the water of the nearby river and then jumped in after it.

O’Brien jumped into the waist-deep water himself and pulled the youth to safety.

O’Brien has stepped into dangerous situations before. He received the department’s medal of valor for rescuing a co-worker from a burning vehicle in 2009.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Evanston’s Finest…

    Way to go Officer O'Brien!  Both proud and glad to have someone like you looking after our community!

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