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Two Holiday Heroes Spring Into Action After Seeing Toddler All Alone At Intersection, End Up Saving Her Mom’s Life

Rayfield Hallman and Steven William Wood's "high level of character and compassion" helped avert a potential tragedy, police in Maple Heights, Ohio say.

By Gina Tron

Two Ohio men are being credited with saving the life of a mother and her young child, averting a potential holiday tragedy.

Rayfield Hallman and Steven William Wood were driving through an intersection in Maple Heights, Ohio two days before Christmas when Hallman saw “a very small child" with no adult around.

"He almost continued on, but out of concern for a small child being alone, he stopped to check and make sure everything was okay,” the Maple Heights Police Department wrote on Facebook on Wednesday. “He discovered a woman was on the ground in the doorway of her home, going in and out of consciousness.”

That woman, according to police, was having a seizure.

The men called 911 to get the woman help while taking care of her toddler.  

“They even grabbed the victim’s small poodle which was outside with her,” police noted.

They wrote that the men “probably saved not only the woman’s life, but possibly saved the life of her daughter, who was outside in the night cold (36 degrees) and at the young age of 3yrs old, did not have the wherewithal to take action to care for herself.”

Police said that they are sure others may have ”drove past and decided not to do anything, but because Rayfield and Steven decided to show a high level of character and compassion, the woman, her daughter and her dog should be fine.”

Rayfield and Steven were both given gift cards, “as well as a heart-felt ‘Thank You’ for going out of their way to help someone else; showing everyone else that compassion for our fellow man is still an applicable characteristic in our world.”

[Photo: Maple Heights Police Department]

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