PLYMOUTH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A solar power worker saved a missing 5-year-old girl with autism in Plymouth on Wednesday, police said.
Jake Manna was installing solar panels in Buttermilk Bay in Plymouth when he heard that the little girl was missing from the neighborhood. Police said Manna, who is not from Plymouth and unfamiliar with the area, went to participate in the search, walking down a rural path towards a nearby stream.
According to police, that's where Manna discovered a diaper and a t-shirt. He then walked to a nearby marsh, where he found the 5-year-old girl wading in the water up to her waist.
After the little girl did not respond to his calls, Manna walked into the water, picked up the girl, and carried her to safety, police said.
"That girl had a guardian angel yesterday, and his name was Jake," said Officer Vinnie Roth, who responded to the original call.
Manna met with the Plymouth Police Department on Thursday and was presented with their thanks, a certificate of recognition, and a Command Coin from Chief Dana Flynn and Captain James LeBretton.