Tony Taylor couldn’t believe his eyes when he spotted a little girl wandering through the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago alone in the middle of a freezing vortex.
The child was walking in the one-foot thick snow along the street wearing only her onesie and with a laptop.
Tony stated he drove past the child while with his 5-year-old daughter, who pointed out the girl to him, saying, “Daddy, look at the little girl.” He immediately stopped the car and went to the crying little child.
“She was just wearing a onesie, her feet were very cold, with a laptop in her hand,” Tony said. “I took my coat off, picked her up and called 911.” Tony said he was brought to tears when he put the girl in their car. She was grateful for his kindness. She said, “Mr. Sir, I love you.” Tony responded, “I love you too.”
Tony gave her a hoodie to keep her warm while waiting for the police to arrive.
He also posted a video on Facebook. He said, “Anybody know this little girl right here? I just found her off 59th and Halsted.”
Based on how cold the child’s feet were, Tony assumed that she may have walked for a mile. He claimed, “When I was grabbing her foot, it’s not like she was outside for five minutes. Her feet were, I mean, like icicles. She was just crying and crying and crying.” He added, “No one saw her walking? I don’t understand that.”
16th Ward Alderman Stephanie Coleman praised Tony’s deed and hailed him as a hero. She said, “We want to acknowledge, salute and honor you for being an angel and a hero, not only in Englewood. You saved a baby’s life.”
The police officers came a few minutes later and took the little girl to the hospital. Further investigation shows that the girl might have left on her own. She is now with extended family while the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services continues their investigation.
May there be more good Samaritans in the world like Tony who will go out of their way to help a person out.