(CNN) — Call it luck, call it divine intervention, call it whatever you want, but Tulsa County Deputy John Harris was in the perfect spot to save the day.
“Maybe I was supposed to be there,” Harris said.
His body cam video shows the moment a two-year-old girl fell out of a van Monday night.
Deputy Harris close by in the middle of a traffic stop.
“I was only 20 or 30 feet I actually saw it happen,” Harris said.
That’s when he took off running into the road, putting his life in danger to save the child.
“She was just terrified– I mean, she is just two years old, she had no idea what had just happened to her, and as I scoop her up she just looks up at me, and I’ll just never forget that face,” Harris said.
He brought her back to his patrol car.
Her mother walking up after quickly realizing what happened, admitting that the girl and her siblings were not in car seats or wearing seatbelts.
“I know after speaking with the mom that she was very thankful,” said Harris.
Luckily the girl only received a few cuts and scrapes, as for the mother she received a ticket.
“Although serious it wasn’t a tragedy and it could have been a lot worse,” said Tulsa County Sheriff, Vic Regalado.
Regalado calls Deputy Harris one of the many unsung heroes patrolling Tulsa’s streets, risking their own life to save another.
“We hope that the mother will take this as a life lesson and buckle her children up later,” Regalado said.
A lesson for many parents and a memory this deputy will never forget.
“We were all just happy that the little girl was okay,” Harris said. “I mean, that was the main point, that she’s okay, all thanks to the brave actions of Deputy Harris.”
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