How Two Good Samaritans Rescued Missing Children Wandering In Winter Weather
A bus driver and a pizza delivery driver became everyday heroes, when they both noticed two children wandering outside in the cold, a state away from each other.
Minneapolis bus driver Ambrose Younge was finishing up his route during a winter blizzard, when he noticed a grammar school-aged boy was wandering around with a backpack on in the harsh conditions, despite classes being cancelled do to the storm.
“There was a child in the road, he was tugging on the handle of the door, of a car, trying to get in the car,” he said, according to TODAY.
“And as I was thinking, I was like, ‘I don’t know what’s going on here.’”
Younge was able to coax the freezing boy, who turned out to be autistic, onto the bus. He immediately called transit control, and learned that the 9-year-old boy had been reported missing.
“As a bus operator, it’s my job to take care of people.” he said. “Here’s a kid in need – I need to get him someplace safe and warm.”
Younge said the boy was “anxious” while they waited for police to arrive, and he kept talking to him, despite the child being “difficult to communicate with” and non-verbal.
As it turns out, the lost child gave his carer the slip during the storm. He was later reunited with his family, after police investigated and cleared them of negligence.
Younge doesn’t believe that his actions were heroic. “I consider myself a dad because that’s what I would hope someone would do for my child,” he noted. “I guess we are the guardians of the city.”
A pizza delivery in Michigan also became a hero, when saved the live of a young child on a cold winter night.
Grand Rapids resident Gabe Botello was delivering a pizza when he saw a toddler aged girl wandering around outside in the cold at 3:00 a.m. last weekend.
He handed off the food to the people who had ordered, and the father of seven went off in search of the little girl.
When he couldn’t immediately find her, he drove around to a few different parking lots, before eventually spotting her at a factory across the street.
Botello said that when he found the 3-year-old girl, she was hiding between two cement blocks, dressed in only a t-shirt, diaper, and socks, despite the harsh winter weather.
The Villa Pizza driver scooped the child up in his sweatshirt and brought her back to his warm car, where they waited for police to arrive.
“I had some water in my car, so she was drinking some water and I was just kind of like rubbing her back, letting her know she was okay and she started falling asleep,” said Botello.
“She was so just like exhausted and cold,” he noted.
Law enforcement eventually located the girl’s mother, who had no idea that she was not asleep in her bed and had been missing.
Like Younge, Botello doesn’t think that his actions were anything but human. “I just tried to do what I could. I assume somebody would do the same for my kids,” he remarked.