COLQUITT, Ga. (WTXL) - Two Georgia State Patrol troopers in South Georgia are in the spotlight this week for possibly saving a two year old's life.
The child was found sitting in the middle of a four line highway.
This happened over the weekend in the Whigham area according to troopers.
Both Brian Palmer and Walt Landrum may of have been off duty Friday night but that didn't stop them from quickly jumping into action to get a two-year-old from out of the middle of a four line highway, showing law enforcement officers can save lives even off the clock.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety's Facebook page, Trooper Landrum and Trooper Palmer both received phone calls from a concerned citizen reporting a small child sitting in the middle of a four lane road.
Both lived near the intersection and immediately responded to the scene. Landrum was working in his yard and responded in his patrol car as it was the only vehicle immediately available.
Witnesses reported that when the patrol car arrived, the child ran to Landrum.
An investigation revealed that the parents went to work and left the child at home with several other children. The two year child left the residence and walked approximately 3/4 of a mile before being located.
On duty officers and DFACS responded to the scene and took custody of the child.
That Facebook post has received more than 300 likes and 34 shares including the Decatur County Sheriff who said Trooper Landrum and Palmer made a difference, thanks for the job well done."
So far we don't know much about how the child is doing other than DFACS did take the child from the scene into their custody and began an investigation. We know the 2 year old male is from the Whigham area.