Hometown Heroes--Damon Head and Jeremiah Burroughs

It takes something special to be heroic and two Savannah men have that quality. What started out as a routine day for two sanitation workers changed very quickly when they saw a small child in a very dangerous situation.

Damon Head and Jeremiah Burroughs remember that cold morning in February like it was yesterday. They'd just picked up their truck at the city lot and headed out on their morning rounds. As they traveled along Bay Street just past the Alamo Plaza motel, Damon spotted a small child.

"When I seen that little girl running towards us, I was just terrified about it and I went over there and grabbed her out off the street," he said.

The child was just about to step off the sidewalk and into a busy street, wearing only a pair of shorts and no shoes or socks. The temperature was below freezing.

"The minute I seen that little girl hollering, yelling for her daddy, her life was more important than me having this job," said Jeremiah. "I dropped what I was doing to go get that little girl."

As soon as they got her wrapped in a blanket, they called for help. The police found out that she'd been left alone in a motel room by her father who had gone to the motel office. When the little girl woke up and didn't see her dad, she panicked and ran out of the room.

But thanks to Damon Head and Jeremiah Burroughs, she didn't run into trouble. That's why they are this week's WTOC Hometown Heroes.

If you'd like to nominate a Hometown Hero, you can drop us a line at the station: PO Box 8086, Savannah, GA 31412, or email  rwallace@wtoc.com.

Reported by: Ron Wallace, rwallace@wtoc.com