SRP employee helps find missing Gilbert toddler

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SRP employee helps locate missing toddler (Photo source: Heather Albert, SRP) SRP employee helps locate missing toddler (Photo source: Heather Albert, SRP)

Heroes come in all forms. One Valley family is thanking a Salt River Project worker for finding their son after he had wandered off.

They say the situation could have been much worse, had it not been for him. 

Kyle Denley with SRP usually spends most of his days searching for buried utility lines.

Recently while working in Gilbert, he found something else, a missing child.

At nearly 2-and-a-half years old, Brody Maxedon is getting to be a bit of a handful.

"He runs off but he never got out the front door and ran,” said Brody’s mom Michelle Maxedon.

But that's what happened. His mother found the front door open, and Brody gone.

"I immediately thought he was either in a construction zone or in a vacant house. Our neighbor is also putting in a pool so I also thought maybe he is in the backyard or fell in the pool," said Maxedon. 

"I saw this grandmother. She came out into the street waving her arms, kind of frantic," Denley remembers.

Already in the area near Queen Creek and Higley roads working, Denley signed up for the search.

"I knew the neighborhood pretty well. I’m there every few days and so I couldn't just leave and not help her out," he said.

The woman’s house was near Recker Road, so Denley checked around the busy thoroughfare. He spotted a Gilbert police officer driving by, waved him down and told him about the missing toddler.

After a few minutes of driving, there was Brody, playing in a dirt pile.

“And I said, 'Are you Brody?' and he shook his head. And I said, 'Your grandparents and mom are looking for you," said Denley.  

Denley called 911 and waited with the boy until his mom and grandma got there.

"He is a great guy for doing that," said Maxedon.

"I wasn't expecting any attention from it. I was just at the right place at the right time," said Denley.

His mother says it felt like an eternity but Brody was missing no more than 20 minutes.

Denley’s supervisor, Jason Hovis, said he was extremely proud of him for stepping in to assist.

“Sometimes providing excellent customer service has nothing to do with our assigned tasks,” Hovis said. “Kyle showed us all a great example of that.”

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