CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – A Virginia man is being hailed as a hero after saving a wandering child from the freezing streets.
Gregory Tyler declined to do an interview, but his family is speaking out about his kind act in an effort to spread his story.
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 the intersection of Midlothian Turnpike and Wadsworth Drive without shoes or a coat. Tyler quickly stopped, brought the child into his warm truck and called 911.
“It could have been tragic,” Gregory’s brother Tony told WRIC. “You really don’t know how many people might have come by and seen the kid.”
Tony says his brother 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 evaluation and is OK.
Meanwhile, Tony says his brother’s story has inspired him to be more aware of his surroundings.
“I pray that I will take more time to be more sensitive to the people around me and the things going on,” he said.
Authorities say child protective services were contacted and the investigation into the case continues.