Ryan Herst, Buena Park Cop, Sacrifices Body to Save Toddler Running Alone on Busy Street

Categories: Crime-iny

A Buena Park police officer received moderate injuries saving an unaccompanied toddler who he'd spotted running into a heavily traveled roadway, authorities said.

Officer Ryan Herst is expected to recover from the undisclosed injuries he sustained around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 8200 block of Whitaker Street.

Herst had been driving in his patrol car when he spotted the child, who appeared to be age 2 or 3, running north across Whitaker Street as oncoming traffic approached, according to a Buena Park Police statement.

The cop quickly stopped his cruiser, got out, grabbed the child, shielded him with his body and then rolled onto the pavement away from the path of an oncoming vehicle, police said.

But in doing so, Herst's body hit the pavement hard. Arriving officers and Orange County Fire Authority personnel treated Herst before taking him to an area hospital, according to police.

The child, who was not injured, was reunited with his family, which is being investigated to determine how the boy wound up alone on the busy street.

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18usc241 topcommenter

Assuming Officer Ryan Herst doesn't also deliberately cause people harm while hiding behind the color of authority - then yes this is a good and hero cop. If on the other hand, he hides behind these good acts to cover for his bad side - big problemo!

Peyton Farquhar
Peyton Farquhar

Surprised the cop didn't taze the toddler to death and/or shoot his dog.

Joe Provino
Joe Provino

And the award for parent of the year goes to..................

Tony Villegas
Tony Villegas

Let me guess, some of your homeboys got shot ( deservingly so probably) now you are unsure about popos

Janina Uhmm
Janina Uhmm

Are you sure he wasnt just trying to get him for j walking? Hmmm @ popos doing something nice

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