If most people saw a kid walking alone in the cold, they would be likely to casually assume a parent was not far behind. But, in the outskirts of Richmond, one local truck driver came across this situation in the early morning, and decided to intervene.
Gregory Tyler was driving his tractor trailer for work on Midlothian Turnpike around 4:30 a.m Friday morning. It was well below freezing when Tyler came across a 6-year-old boy walking near a large intersection without shoes or a coat. Tyler quickly stopped, brought the child into his warm truck and called 911.
“It could have been tragic,” said Greg’s brother Tony “You really don’t know how many people might have come by and seen the kid.”
Tony says his brother, who, preferring to stay out of the spotlight, declined to comment, told him about what happened over the weekend. Tony says his wife shared the story on Facebook and immediately got a huge response that kept growing.
“It was amazing, I mean, within that day it was like over 100 hits,” Tony said.
Gregory’s story took off, with people praising him for his actions, thankful that he was in the right place at the right time.
“You wouldn’t want that for no kid and I thank God that he recognized that it was a kid,” Tony added.
Chesterfield County police say the 6-year-old walked away from a home where he was spending the night. The child was transported to Chippenham hospital for where he was deemed well, but it was also determined that in that temperature he would not have been well for long.
Gregory’s story can inspire us all to be more aware of our surroundings and actively look to help those around us. Had Gregory made easy assumptions and kept driving, there likely would have been a much more grim outcome.
See the full story at: http://nbc4i.com/2016/02/16/va-man-hailed-as-hero-after-saving-wandering-child-from-freezing-cold/