Becky Ragsdale doesn’t consider herself a hero even though she recently pulled a baby out of the path of an oncoming car at Ridgebrook Drive and Glen Way in Westfield.
Ragsdale, a Brookside resident, had returned from the gym and was chatting with a neighbor outside her home when they noticed something in a nearby empty lot. Ragsdale’s neighbor asked if it was a dog, but then Ragsdale noticed it was a baby.
“I immediately said, ‘Come on,’ and sprinted down there,” Ragsdale said. “I’m a runner, so I could see out of the corner of my eye a car coming down the other street, and I said, ‘Oh, my gosh’, and just started waving my hands.”
The car stopped and the driver informed Ragsdale she didn’t see the baby but saw Ragsdale waving her hands.
Ragsdale wasn’t sure where the baby, who wasn’t wearing shoes or a coat, lived. She knew a nearby home had several children and knew the baby couldn’t have crawled far. She also knew he didn’t belong to the neighbors whom she knew.
Ragsdale eventually carried the baby to the right house and found the garage door open. She rang the front doorbell to no answer, then went through the garage and knocked on an inside door. SWhen nobody answered, Ragsdale opened the door and called out into the house. Then, she came across the mother.
“She didn’t even know he was missing,” said Ragsdale, who said the woman had just been carrying groceries into the house. “I didn’t do anything other than just react. I don’t consider myself a hero. I was just in the right place at the right time.”
Ragsdale said the baby was approximately a year old and couldn’t walk or talk.
Westfield Mayor Andy Cook heard about Ragsdale’s actions and wrote a proclamation recognizing her at the Dec. 10 city council meeting.