By: Emily Johnson
May 2, 2015
Thomasville, GA - Georgia State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies came together Friday morning to honor Tyler Aldridge.
Aldridge is credited with helping to save the life of a two-year-old girl last month and standing by her nine-year-old brother until emergency crews arrived at the scene of the crash.
"I did it because they were, they needed, they were in pain," said Aldridge.
Authorities said the fatal accident happen on Whigham Road in Whigham, Georgia. Aldridge said as soon as he heard the car flipping in front of his house his first instinct was to run outside to help.
"It was the reaction because when I went out the door I could hear them screaming and yelling help and the baby crying," said Aldridge.
The two year old had been thrown from the car and Aldridge was able to rescue her from a fence and place her on her mother's lap. They survived, but unfortunately the little girl's brother did not make it.
Georgia State Patrol is calling Aldridge a hero. He is the youngest to be given the Honorary Georgia State Patrol Award and also received recognition for his life saving work by Governor Deal's Office.
"He saw what happened, he reacted he didn't run away he didn't get still he helped," said Captain Buddy Johnson, Georgia State Patrol.
Troopers had invited Aldridge and his family to breakfast Friday morning at The Plaza restaurant. Aldridge said he had no idea he would get a standing ovation for what he did that day in April.
"Very shocked that this happen today," said Aldridge.