Bryan Murphy knew something wasn’t right.
A small child shouldn’t be walking alone on the side of a highway, he thought.
So the young man from Tecumseh pulled over and called 911. Then he waited with the 3-year-old boy while law enforcement and the boy’s frantic family arrived.
“This is something everyone should do. But unfortunately, not everyone would have taken the time to stop,” Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis said today during a ceremony to recognize Murphy for role in protecting the boy. “You took the time and prevented what could have been a really tragic situation.”
Sheriff Davis presented Murphy with a Sheriff’s Office Challenge Coin.
Murphy also received a Public Service Award from the Nebraska State Patrol during the ceremony.
Murphy, a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who worked at the nearby Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, found the boy walking along Highway 31. The 3-year-old, who was unharmed during his adventure, had wandered away from his home near Schramm Park.