Va. trooper rescues toddler found wandering on busy highway

TEMPERANCEVILLE, Va. (AP) — Officials say an off-duty Virginia State Police trooper went "above and beyond the call of duty," after rescuing a toddler found wandering alone in traffic on Route 13 in Accomack County.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports (http://delmarvane.ws/29qzLxC) Senior Trooper Johnny Godwin was traveling on the highway Saturday when he saw the child, who was about 1 to 2 years old, standing in the middle of the southbound right lane near a curve in Temperanceville.

Area Commander 1st Sgt. B. E. Jeff Jones says Godwin got out of his vehicle, which he used to block traffic, and grabbed the child out of the path of oncoming traffic.

Godwin stayed with the child until someone from Child Protective Services arrived.

The trooper has been with the Virginia State Police since 1997.


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