Bylaw officers are often cursed for the tickets they leave on windshields; but on Thursday, the city praised one of them for saving a life.

Eric Boivin, a bylaw supervisor, received an Award for Heroism for rescuing a man who’d wandered onto the 417.

Boivin, 31, was driving on the Queensway at about 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 8 and stopped when he saw a man stumbling along the highway’s shoulder.

The man, who appeared disoriented, then walked into oncoming traffic, surviving a near miss.

“A tractor-trailer went by and just missed him by inches, so close that the wind from it ... actually pulled him back.”

Boivin spotted a break in traffic and ran across four lanes to pull the man to safety.

“Without Eric’s selfless intervention, the possible outcomes to this story are unthinkable,” said Coun. Diane Deans, Community and Protective Services chair.

“Eric very clearly saved at least one life.”