New York State troopers raced against time and dropping temperatures in the hunt for a 2-year-old toddler who went missing on a mountain top.
New York State Troopers
When a 2-year-old girl in South Bristol, New York was reported missing in the dense mountains, responders knew that they were racing against time. New York State Trooper Brian Hotchkiss was among those who responded to search for the missing toddler.
“These missing kids, it can go really bad,” he explained. “It’s time-sensitive depending on the time of year, so although it was a nice day the temperature was dropping.”
The little girl escaped from her family’s home on the mountainside into the dense forest. It was getting dark soon and the environment that the girl was in was dangerous. State troopers acted quickly to save her.
“The mountain was virtually in her backyard, and there were streams and ponds and all these things that we were all worried about,” Trooper Hotchkiss explained.
After they failed to find the child by going door-to-door in the neighborhood, Trooper Brian decided to search for her in the mountains. The trek to the mountain top took almost an hour. Thankfully, all the efforts of the State Trooper paid off when he found “something pink” between the trees.
As he walked closer, he realized that the “something pink” was actually the little girl!
“She was lying on her stomach on a rock,” he recalled. “I ran over as quick as possible and I saw her arm move and I knew she was alive and my heart just dropped.”
Despite shivering from the cold temperature, the toddler was safe. To thank his rescuers, she gave trooper Brian a big hug!
“I was so excited, I ran up she hugged me immediately, she wouldn’t let go,” Trooper Brian said. “I still can’t get that out of my head, her turning over and looking at me and throwing her hands up in the air. I’ll never forget that.”
They are calling that rescue mission a miracle!
Reference: God Updates