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Hero identity revealed after saving toddlers life

A hero Sainsbury’s lorry driver who stopped and helped a toddler walking barefooted at 1am alongside the A43 alone on the coldest night of the year has been revealed.

He has been named as Simon Buzdygan-Neal aged 35 he was driving along the dual carriageway at 1am when he spotted an infant walking just feet away from the traffic.

Many cars drove past the toddler at speed, he could have easily been killed, in fact, he is very lucky to be alive.

Simon updated his Facebook status letting his friends know he was feeling shocked having just driven “on the A43 Northampton and see something on the dual carriageway! As i get closer it’s only a bloody young child 2 – 3 years old at 1am, pullover sprinted him and pick him up, poor little man was freezing. Called police and put him in lorry to warm him up. I dread to think what could have happened”

 

Simon did not really know what he had spotted at first telling The Mirror. “At first I didn’t know what it was,”

 

“I saw something but didn’t think anything of it. It was only when I went to move into the second lane and got closer that I realised what it was. I thought to myself: ‘Oh my God, that’s a child’.

 “I put my hazards on and pulled over – I think my lorry frightened him as he started walking towards the island near the slip road.”

“You never expect to see a child on the road. I dread to think what could have happened had I not have found him.

“Had he walked into the front of my lorry, I wouldn’t have been able to stop in time. It was freezing so had he got lost, who knows what would have happened?”

Hero cops
Then it was the job of the police to reunite and return the toddler home. Cops spent over four hours in the freezing cold knocking on doors and waking up the householders in the hope they could find his parents.
While officers battled the cold the toddler was taken to a local police station under safeguarding measures and looked after by police.
Calls to be given an award
Thousands of people have now called for the Simon the Sainsbury’s Lorry driver to be given an award for his actions which is very much likely to have saved the child’s life due to temperatures being below 14 degrees and heavy snowfall just hours after he was found.

 

Police are continuing to investigate how and why the child could have been walking alone down a busy dual carriageway at 1am in the morning.

Simon added to the mirror that at that age “they know how to unlock doors,” and that”Mistakes happen and I bet they are amazing parents and are probably gutted about it.”

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