Footage shows the moment deputy discovers missing children, aged 2, 6 and 7, lost in the woods for more than 24 hours
WATCH the moment as a Texas police officer rescues three children who got lost in the Sam Houston National Forrest.
Three children, aged 2, 6, and 7, got lost in the Sam Houston National Forrest for over 24 hours. Thankfully, they were found by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Jason Smith, whose body camera captured the moment.
As per Daily Mail, the footage shows the cop calling out to the kids early Friday morning. At the time, they were accompanied by a good Samaritan who had found them wandering in the woods.
Sgt. Smith can be heard saying into his radio:
“I got ’em, I got ’em. I have the kids. I have all three children.”
The kids had gotten lost after playing in a dry creek. They had later taken shelter under a fallen tree, where they spent the night. Fortunately, all of them were unharmed, as the sheriff’s office told KPRC-TV.
A local resident familiar with the forest helped the search operation on Friday morning after learning of the children’s disappearance.
He found them at around 9:30 am and called 911 to inform the authorities.
When Sgt. Smith approached the kids, he told them:
“I’m the police. Are y’all ready to get out of the woods?”
One of them replied: “I’m really hungry right now.”
The cop then said: “We’re going to get something to eat,” suggesting they would get cheeseburgers.
The video then shows the children attempting to walk ahead of the sergeant, as if they knew the way. He then told them: “Don’t get too far ahead, okay. I don’t want to lose y’all again.”
Following a 20-minute hike, the group emerged from the woods and was met by first responders.
Moments before the footage cuts off, Sgt. Smith can be heard saying: “Hey, remind them about those cheeseburgers, okay.”