The Santa Rose Police Department have deemed a California Lyft driver a “community hero” for alerting authorities about a toddler he found walking barefoot in the rain.
Daily Mail reports Del Hedrick was leaving an apartment complex after dropping off a passenger when he saw an 18-month-old girl walking alone.
It was around 10:30 p.m. and the little girl was barefoot. Hedrick was unable to locate her family.
He posted a video on Twitter of him holding the little girl in his arms.
In the video, he said:
“Well, I’m dropping somebody off in this apartment complex, I found this little baby walking around, no shoes on, no nothing. Cops are on their way.”
When an officer responded to the scene, he was able to return the child to her home unharmed.
Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Jeneane Kucker said:
“It was a total oversight by a babysitter … not realizing the child was gone. Looks like an open-door kind of thing.”
The police department posted the video on Facebook commending the driver for his actions and deeming him a “community hero.”
In part, the department wrote:
Del Hedrick’s actions demonstrate how we all work together to keep our community safe. His initiative to shelter the toddler and help reunite her with her family is both heartening and inspiring. On behalf of the Santa Rosa Police Department and our community, thank you for helping a member of our community in-need. It is because of people like you that our community is #SantaRosaStrong.
No criminal charges are being pursued against the babysitter.