Both my children (ages 2 and 4) have Road IDs. I wear mine 24/7 and they wanted one just like Dad, so I figured, why not? We recently went to NYC for the triathlon and stayed at the event's host hotel. The doors were always wide open, as there was a constant flow of bikes in and out. We were on our way out for dinner, when my 4 year old takes off running down the hallway as we left our room. Seconds later, I'm at the elevators but he is gone!
He must have gotten on the waiting elevator. We immediately notified security and had them call all the elevators to the ground floor...but they were empty of any 4 year olds. I ran out to the NYC street imagining the worst...scanning the streets I didn't see him. It had only been 5 minutes but now we were really scared...when suddenly our phones started ringing. I completely forgot he had his Road ID on. I was elated to hear the voice on the other side of the phone say "Hello Mr. Petersen, we have your son Max up here on the 40th floor."
We rushed up there to find him happily eating a cookie, surrounded by about 20 people. As soon as my wife saw him she was in tears and every parent there said 'I'm getting one of those for my kid!'
We are so thankful Max's first solo elevator ride went up, and he ran into people with good hearts. If he didn't have his Road ID and went out on the street, I shudder to think of how many calls to police and hospitals we would have to make in search of him.
- Neils .P from Midlothian, VA