City worker helps lost child get home

Mike McCabe

Mike McCabe



A Lebanon heavy equipment operator averted a possible tragedy when he came to the rescue of a four-year-old who had wandered away from his grandmother’s house.
The child was in the middle of the street when he was spotted by Mike McCabe, who has worked for the city for two years.
McCabe said that at around 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 22 he was going about his job hauling wood chips cleared off for the solar farm when he saw a little boy playing at a house on New Buffalo Road. On his way back, he saw the same boy standing in the middle of the road at the intersection of New Buffalo Road and Fourth Street, which was about half a block away from where the boy was first spotted.
“I thought to myself, ‘I can’t let that little boy just stand in the middle of the road,’ so I pulled my dump truck over and stopped, took him over to the yard. He told me his name and everything. Real nice kid,” McCabe said.
When McCabe stopped, he asked the boy where he was going.
“He just told me, ‘Well, I’m walking.’ I said, ‘Well, bud, I think you’re a little too young to just be walking down the road all by yourself,’” McCabe said.
“I’ve got kids and I sure as heck wouldn’t want my kids walking down the road.”
McCabe called the police and explained what had happened.
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