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Hero trooper saves 3-year-old after Amber Alert

Posted December 3, 2014

North Carolina State Trooper Michael J. Miles

— An alert state trooper in North Carolina resolved a South Carolina Amber Alert case Tuesday night and rescued a 3-year-old child.

According to state police in both Carolinas, Michael Angelo Ramirez Jr., 31, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., abducted his 3-year-old son, Jude Ramirez, and fled north.

As he crossed the state line, local law enforcement officers tried to pull him over, but he sped up, crashed and ran from the car with the child in his arms.

North Carolina State Trooper Michael J. Miles used his knowledge of the area to circle around the woods where Ramirez had run and approach him on foot. 

"The child is now safe because of Trooper Miles’ good judgment and quick actions,” North Carolina State Highway Patrol Colonel Bill Grey said.

According to a Highway Patrol spokesman, as Ramirez and Miles struggled, the child was able to run to freedom. Miles picked him up and carried him to safety.

Ramirez, who was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton immediately after the incident, faces charges of criminal domestic violence, aggravated family assault with a knife, kidnapping, cruelty towards children and false imprisonment. He will be extradited to South Carolina, troopers said.


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  • babylaceycarpenter Dec 4, 2014

    I am thrilled that this child is safe. That said, I'm not completely sold on the idea of "hero" status for this trooper. Yes, he did his job and did it quite well. There were however, other members of law enforcement, who deserve the same amount of credit.

  • Billy Mae Sutten Dec 4, 2014
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    Nice to see one of the many good stories regarding law enforcements every day good deeds. We always hear so much of the negative and never enough of the positive.

    Thank you Trooper Miles. You and your fellow officers are true, every day heros!

  • Kathy Sanders Dec 4, 2014
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    Why in your mind does it not make him a hero? Obviously the child was at high risk.

  • KittenClaws Dec 4, 2014

    "Same thing I'm wondering... Why does Darren Wilson doing his job make him a "murderer?" Way to go State Trooper!!!!!!"


  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Dec 4, 2014

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    Beacause more often them doing their jobs makes them villians. They deserve some credit. I've never seen an article about a cop hater putting themselves in harm's way every day, catching grief for every single move they make, and only getting positive recognition when they do something like this. Most hater posters here complain about Amber Alerts and how they take time out of their day when it's mostly family that does the abductions. Who do the haters call when their kid is abducted, when their homes are broken into? They call those crooked cops

  • Gary Lasereyes Dec 4, 2014

    B-b-but all cops are dishonest and blood thirsty bullies!

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Dec 4, 2014

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  • ncprr1 Dec 4, 2014

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    They are both heroes, doing a dangerous job well.

  • busyb97 Dec 4, 2014

    Good job to ALL of the troopers/officers involved.

  • yourmama586 Dec 3, 2014

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    Good job. but why does him doing his job make him a hero?

    Same thing I'm wondering... Why does Darren Wilson doing his job make him a "murderer?" Way to go State Trooper!!!!!!