Hero sheriff's deputy saves toddler in busy road

Jan 21, 2016 6:35 PM by News Staff

A sheriff's office in Oregon released video of the rescue earlier this month of a toddler who ran into the middle of a highway.

Sheriffs are using the video to bring attention to traffic safety and the dangers of distracted driving. Deputies say the two-year-old boy managed to get out of an open door of a community center last month while his parents were cleaning up after a gathering.

Lincoln county sheriff's deputy Jeremy Gautney was driving down the road when he slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting the child. Gautney quickly grabbed the boy and took him to safety.

The toddler's parents had been searching for him. Deputies say the incident was accidental and no criminal charges were brought against the parents.

Had deputy gautney not been paying attention things could've ended differently, law enforcement warns how quickly things can go wrong when drivers are distracted behind the wheel.


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