When his father fell ill, three-year-old Stefan Snowden knew he had to fetch help.
So the determined youngster hopped on his toy truck – and ended up trundling along a busy A-road with cars hooting and swerving round him.
Eventually a woman living nearby halted the traffic and gathered up Stefan in her arms.
A second woman who saw what had happened took him into her home and called police as they tried to work out where he had come from.
It emerged that Stefan had ridden from his home a quarter of a mile away on his Paw Patrol fire engine after his father Marc, 28, had a seizure.
He rode 320 yards down a country lane from his family’s home in the hamlet of Twenty in Lincolnshire, before ending up on the busy A151 which links to the towns of Spalding and Bourne.
One witness said: ‘The little boy was just trundling along the main road towards Bourne. There were three or four cars behind him, but he was so low another impatient motorist overtook the line of traffic. Then a woman stopped her van and parked it across the road to rescue him. She was very brave.’
His proud mother, Carla Neve, 25, a housewife, had popped out to run an errand when the drama unfolded.
Miss Neve said: ‘Marc suffers from epilepsy. He was on the sofa and loses consciousness when he has a seizure. Stefan knows how to get out of the front door and must have gone to get his truck.
‘He was definitely going for help. When we spoke to the police Stefan said ”Daddy was poorly”.
‘We are so proud of him and grateful to the two ladies.’ Mr Snowden, a former factory worker, added: ‘I suffer from seizures because of my epilepsy so it is life-threatening if I have one when I’m on my own. I am so proud of Stefan.’
Inspector Rachel Blackwell of Lincolnshire Police said: ‘We have so much praise for the first passer-by who put herself at risk to stop a tragedy. Without her speedy actions the child could have been seriously injured or worse.
‘The action of the second woman who opened her home was amazing. She entertained the boy while the first woman tried to track his family down.’
Neighbours went door to door until they found Miss Neve’s home where she was waiting for an ambulance for her husband, unaware Stefan was even missing.
Inspector Blackwell added: ‘Dad is doing fine and the family are so thankful to these two amazing people.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Claire Duffin