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“She Hugged Me And Wouldn’t Let Go”—State Trooper Rescues Two-Year-Old Lost On Mountaintop

Rochester First

Over the weekend, New York State Trooper Brian Hotchkiss found himself racing against the clock. According to Rochester First, a two-year-old girl was reported missing from her South Bristol home, located near a mountain range. 

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Hotchkiss and his team decided to climb the mountain a half mile from the girl’s home, after an unsuccessful neighborhood search. Temperatures were plummeting as the sunset was approaching.

“The mountain was virtually in her backyard, and there were streams and ponds and all these things that we were all worried about…

These missing kids, it can go really bad. It’s time sensitive depending on the time of year, so although it was a nice day, the temperature was dropping.”

Brian Hotchkiss, New York State Trooper via Rochester First

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It took the troopers about an hour’s time to reach the top of the mountain. Luckily, Hotchkiss’s gut feeling was correct. From this vantage, the state trooper could see a pink dot within a sea of trees. He knew that the little girl was wearing a pink shirt at the time of her disappearance.

“I followed the stream and I located the child, she was lying on her stomach on a rock, and I ran over as quick as possible and I saw her arm move and I knew she was alive and my heart just dropped. I was so excited, I ran up [and] she hugged me immediately, she wouldn’t let go.”

Brian Hotchkiss, via Rochester First

The officer said that the little girl was shivering when they found her, so another trooper wrapped her in his uniform to keep her warm. Hotchkiss assessed that if they had not found the girl within the next half hour, the outcome of their search would have been much more grave. 

The two-year-old was taken to the hospital by ambulance and has been reported to be safe and healthy.

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Written by Abigale Racine