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Phoenix High student honored by police after helping lost 2-year-old

Dan Martinez helped reunite the toddler with his family after discovering him near a busy roadway.

Posted: Oct 4, 2019 2:43 PM
Updated: Oct 4, 2019 5:48 PM

PHOENIX, Ore. — A student of Phoenix High School received accolades from both his school and the Phoenix Police Department (PPD) after he helped reunite a lost 2-year-old with his family.

Dan Martinez was heading to school on September 16 when he saw the small boy seemingly alone near a busy roadway, according to Officer Glenn Patchiest with PPD.

"Dan saw the child was in need of assistance," Officer Prachett said. "Many cars and pedestrians had passed and no one was stopping to help the child."

Martinez went to the toddler, collected him, and took him to houses around the neighborhood in an attempt to reunite him with his family. At one of the houses, a kind woman let Dan and the child come inside and give the police a call.

"Even though the police had arrived, Dan choose to stay to offer assistance and support to the young child," Officer Pratchett said.

About 25 minutes later, one of the boy's family members arrived. They did not speak English, so Martinez translated and helped facilitate getting the boy back to his family.

"Dan Martinez’s actions are a credit to his sense of community and empathy towards others," Officer Pratchett said. "Dan is a representative of the Phoenix High School, his fellow students and staff — where these types of characteristics are instilled on a daily basis. We are proud to know Dan Martinez and to know his is a student at our school and a member of our community."

On Friday, with his own parents in attendence, Martinez received a commendation from the Phoenix Police Department. They presented him with a "Certificate of Appreciation for Excellence in Community Awareness," and also gave him a PPD "Challenge Coin."

"Thanks to Dan’s actions, a two year old child was reunited with his family without any harm coming to the child," Officer Pratchet said.

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