1-year-old boy saved from highway

Driver stops to bring child to safety
1-year-old boy saved from highway

A Watertown man and his daughter saved a young boy who had wandered onto a Wisconsin highway.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department said the rescue happened about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday on Wisconsin 19 in the town of Portland.

Guadalupe Ollarzabal and his 19-year-old daughter were driving along when he saw a 20-month-old boy wearing Superman pajamas in the road.

Sheriff Todd Nehls said Ollarzabal quickly turned his vehicle around and told his daughter to grab the boy so he wouldn’t be hit by another vehicle.

A deputy arriving at the scene found the daughter still holding the toddler. She was able to get the child to give his name, and the boy said “mommy working,” according to sheriff’s officials.

Sheriff’s officials said the boy was reunited with his father, who was to be watching the child. The father told deputies that he fell asleep while watching his son, according to sheriff’s officials.

“God only knows what would have happened if the wrong person would have stopped. It is my opinion that Guadalupe saved the child’s life that night,” said Deputy Scott Petrack, the responding deputy, in a news release.