A 4-year-old boy was returned safely to his grandparents Friday morning after a veteran state trooper rescued him from Fish Creek, state police said.
Trooper David Williams is credited with wading into the fast-moving creek to locate the unidentified child, who was unharmed.
Police said Saratoga County 911 received a call about 8:55 a.m. that the boy had walked away from a residence on Route 29 in Schuylerville. At that point, he had been missing for about 30 minutes and was known to have been wearing pajamas.
Williams was the first police officer on the scene, and rapidly assessed the terrain, which included a heavily wooded area and a steep embankment that led down to Fish Creek, the wide stream that runs from Saratoga Lake to the Hudson River.
Williams went down the embankment to the stream. He did not see the child downstream, but a bend upstream blocked his view. He then waded upstream to see beyond the bend.
Around the bend, he saw the missing child standing in chest-deep water in front of a dam or spillway, shivering, and still in his pajamas, troopers said. Williams carried the boy up the bank to his grandparents’ home.
The child was medically evaluated by the Schuylerville Rescue Squad, which determined he had suffered no ill effects.
Williams is an 18-year state trooper, currently assigned to patrols in Saratoga County.
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