Top Cops Save Child from River at Miller Park

Today’s Top Cops are Milwaukee Detective Alexander Ayala and Police Officers Juan Lopez, Michael Maldonado, and Jose Acevedo who quickly responded to a missing child alert near Miller Park on July 27, 2016.


The details of these law enforcement officers’ heroic actions are below, as told by Milwaukee Police on Facebook:


“Alert on and off-duty Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) officers worked together and helped rescue a child with autism near Miller Park. MPD bike officer Juan Lopez was on patrol for the July 26 baseball game when he was flagged down by a father from Glendale who said his 6-year-old son with autism was missing. Officer Lopez and Officer Michael Maldonado began immediately searching the surrounding area.


A few minutes later, a woman yelled to officers that the child was in the Menomonee River near the pedestrian bridge.


The child was standing in the water and MPD Detective Alexander Ayala and Officer Jose Acevedo, who were off-duty and attending a tailgate, ran to the water and took the boy to safety.


The child was reunited with his parents and no medical attention was needed. The quick response by everyone involved prevented a potentially dangerous situation and demonstrated that officers, even when off-duty, are always there to help the community.”


Attorney General Brad Schimel is grateful for these on and off-duty top cops and the concerned citizens who helped reunite this family.