Rolesville firefighter’s simple idea could help locate a missing child

ROLESVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A Rolesville firefighter has come up with an idea to help identify and locate missing children.

Firefighter Tony Arthur said the idea came to him Thursday night.

“We were sitting around last night doing our safety plan for tomorrow, I was just sitting there thinking every year we have two to five kids go missing. What’s the best way to identify them?” Arthur said.

Arthur concluded that if every parent took a picture of their children before leaving for the event, it would make the jobs of Public Safety officials much easier.

With a fresh photo, officials will have an ideal description of a child if that child were to go missing.

“We’re not just going off of a description of a four-foot tall individual, about 80 pounds. We know what the face looks like. We know what color shirt they’re wearing. We know what color pants they’re wearing their shoes,” Arthur said.

And in the age of camera phones, taking a quick photo costs nothing.

Public Safety officials also recommend putting a phone number on the child somewhere.

Officials suggest putting a phone number on a necklace or on their body with a permanent marker.

Also, the brighter the clothes, the better, officials said. That makes the children easier to spot.

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