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Two Sanitation Workers Return Lost Child To Her Home

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Two Department of Sanitation supervisors helped locate and return a three-year-old girl who had accidentally wandered away from her Staten Island home Thursday morning.

Richard Nichilo, seen above, and Doug Bertinelli were working at Port Richmond Avenue and Orange Avenue at about 10 a.m., when a passing motorist alerted them to say the girl was walking alone in the area.

Nichilo then found the girl on a nearby sidewalk dressed only in her pajamas. He then placed her in his car and called 911.

Bertinelli knocked on the doors of surrounding houses, to see if the child had wandered away, and reached the mother of the child.

He then flagged down the girl's father, who was driving in the opposite direction trying to look for the child, the DSNY says.

"I'm a parent and I know what it's like. So it's a good feeling. And I'm just happy that we could do that," Nichilo told NY1.

By Thursday evening police had not identified the girl or said how she came to be outside alone, but they said they did not expect to file any charges. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP