A grocery store employee in Alton, Illinois, saved the life of a toddler in March.

The mayor of Alton presented him with an award for his bravery this week.

Ben Mazur, 24, works for Schnucks, a Midwest grocery store chain.

Mazur was collecting carts in the parking lot in March when he saw one rolling down the hill with a child inside, all while cars were pulling in and out.

A mother was trying to get her other children into the car when the cart got away from her. She didn’t realise it until it was almost too late, but luckily, Mazur was keeping an eye on her.

Alton Mayor Brant Walker shocked the 24-year-old on Wednesday by proclaiming May 5 as “Ben Mazur Day.” It’s a unique way for Mazur, his family, coworkers, and Challenge Unlimited trainers to commemorate his act of good faith, which also happens to be his birthday.

“Schnucks was actually his dream job so you know it was like a big deal when he got hired at Schnucks,” said Jiuana Evans, job coach at Challenge Unlimited.

Mazur, who is autistic, has been volunteering with Challenge Unlimited, a programme that assists individuals with disabilities in finding jobs in the community.

“I wasn’t surprised because I feel like it’s Ben, but it just made me feel so good because he’s outstanding and I know he’s going to continue to do great things,” Evans said.

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