A man who risked his life and bolted into traffic to save an endangered toddler became emotional this week while speaking about the little girl at the center of his daring rescue.
Miguel Burgos told WINK-TV he was inside his car in Lehigh Acres, Florida, when he noticed the unnamed 3-year-old wading into traffic.
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He immediately jumped out of his car and started chasing after her. He called a 911 dispatcher and said the girl was in danger and “almost got killed” in the midst of fast-moving cars.
“I stop my car in the middle of the street and I start running after her,” Burgos told WINK-TV. “A girl, 3 years old running all by herself — no one chasing her trying to get her. The cars, they don’t even stop. It was crazy.”
The child, who is now home safe and resting, reportedly “escaped” from a local daycare and began wandering down the street, eventually making her way onto the busy road.
Luckily, Burgos was there to step in and save her, explaining that he scooped her up and stopped traffic with his hands. When they got across the street to a patch of grass and fell down, the child — unaware of the true danger she faced — started laughing.
But for Burgos, it was no laughing matter.
“I said, ‘God, thank you.’ She hugged me and I started crying,” he told WINK-TV. “Very emotional at that moment.”
What an amazing end to a truly dangerous scenario. Pray for the little girl and her family as they process what unfolded. And let’s commend Burgos for risking his own life for the sake of another.
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