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Firefighter rescues toddler from busy intersection

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15 Mar 2018
A wayward toddler has been returned to her family thanks to the quick-thinking actions of firefighters and community members

A Leading Firefighter from Western District was driving along Bayview Road in Ascot Vale about 7pm last night when he noticed a baby, approximately 18 months old, wandering alone.

It appeared that the youngster was about to cross the busy intersection with Maribyrnong Road.

The firefighter quickly jumped out of the car and rescued the toddler.

MFB Commander Guy McCrorie, who happened to be in the area, also rushed to the scene to assist, despite being on holidays.

While waiting for police to arrive, the duo kept the baby entertained and made enquiries at a nearby medical centre.

A young woman at the medical centre was able to help track down the child’s parents and the family was reunited with the help of police.

Commander McCrorie said the baby had walked up to 100 metres from her home unsupervised.

“The parents had thought she was watching t.v and were extremely concerned that she had managed to get outside without them knowing.

“They were very grateful to firefighters and to the member of the public who had assisted.

“It was lucky  the firefighter was not only in the right place at the right time but was diligent in acting on his instincts.

“We are also very appreciative of the assistance of the member of the public who was instrumental in bringing about this happy ending.”


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