ALCONA COUNTY, Mich. – A Michigan State Police sergeant is being hailed as a hero after video was released showing the trooper saving an unaccompanied, wandering toddler from a busy roadway.
State police released dash cam footage from Sgt. Joseph Richards’ encounter with the 2-year-old child. The young girl is seen in the video as she stumbles around the edge of the road.
Richards begins driving toward the girl, then stops his car and runs out.
“Stop stop stop stop stop!” he can be heard saying as he runs to scoop the toddler up in his arms.
Then suddenly a large dump truck comes into frame from the left side, the driver putting up smoke from the burned rubber of slamming on his brakes. In the video you can hear the truck’s brakes squeal as Sgt. Richards pulls the little girl from harm’s way.
The Michigan State Police tweeted out the footage from the squad car’s dash cam on May 29th.
Sgt. Richards from the Alpena Post was on patrol Friday when this happened: A 2-year-old girl was nearly struck by a passing dump-truck. The child's mother said she lost sight of the child for just seconds. The child was returned to her mother, unharmed. #ThinBlueLine pic.twitter.com/pJeOVRakN3
— @MSPNorthernMI (@mspnorthernmi) May 29, 2019
How did this young girl come to be alone in a busy roadway? When she was returned to her parents, her mother said that she had lost track of her daughter shortly before. The family lives in the home on the opposite side of the street.
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The mother was extremely relieved to have her daughter back. MSP released a statement saying that if not for the trooper’s actions, the scene could have turned into a horrific accident.
“If not for Sgt. Richards’ quick action, this incident would have ended in tragedy,” the police statement said.
Thankfully for the girl and her family, Sgt. Richards was in the right place at the right time. This is what it’s all about.
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