Sam’s Club, located at 2450 Main St. in Evanston, honored Evanston Police Officer Sean O’Brien for his heroics last year when Officer O’Brien, while off-duty, rescued a little boy from the Des Plaines River. Officer O’Brien was recognized as “Officer of the Month” for April 2014 and received an award of $500.00 to be donated to the charity of his choice. Officer O’Brien donated the money to "Autism Speaks,” a national organization for helping research the cause, prevention and treatment of autism.
Officer O’Brien stated that he wanted to give back in a manner that could help the 7-year-old boy who he saved on March 5, 2013. Numerous Evanston Police officers and community members were present for the award.