The activist, whose young son was murdered in 1981, was on-hand at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Washington to honor “Breaking Bad” actor Bryan Cranston, abduction victim Jaycee Dugard, and CTIA-The Wireless Association CEO and former Rep. Steve Largent (R-Okla.) for their work protecting children.

While Walsh, 67, has been a constant fixture on Capitol Hill, pushing Congress on public safety issues for years, he says he wouldn’t consider running for office himself: “I could not put up with the lobbyists. I couldn’t deal with the NRA, which is nothing but a gun manufacturer’s rep on Capitol Hill. I think I’m much more effective outside.”

Although he had some choice words for members of Congress, Walsh had nothing but praise for Charles Ramsey, the man credited with help saving three alleged kidnap victims earlier this week in Cleveland.

Calling Ramsey, who’s also drawn attention for his colorful TV interviews “the most humble” and “wonderful” guy, Walsh said, “I tracked him down — he doesn’t even own a cellphone, he’s that poor … I said, ‘Charles, I want to tell you, you’re my hero.’ ”

Walsh said Ramsey replied, “I can’t believe it, I’m a fan of ‘America’s Most Wanted.’ You’re my hero.”

The host insisted the feeling was mutual, saying to Ramsey, “If I get to meet you, I’m going to give you a hug.”