Retired Police Officer Steve Eckel found himself in a rescue situation during his retirement while walking in a Kohls parking lot in New Jersey. Eckel stumbled upon a 4 month old baby locked inside a sweltering car and had to do some quick thinking to rescue the child.
Eckel reports that the baby was sweating and crying inside the vehicle very loudly. In a race against time Eckel remembered that he had a sledgehammer in the trunk of his car so he ran to retrieve it.
Upon returning to the car with the baby Eckel stated that “I ran around to the other side, and then I caught the edge right here by the window, and it just shattered,”. Luckily the baby was still alive and Eckel now a hero once again.
Police report that the mother was inside of the store for nearly 40 minutes and will be charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Eckel believes that “She should plead guilty and get some probation and realize that you just don’t do this,”.
As the hero in this story pointed out you should never leave a child unattended in a car. It would take some pretty handy locksmith skills or a blunt device like a sledgehammer to gain access in an emergency situation. The best course of action is to contact the authorities at once during an emergency.
If there is no rescue situation necessary and access to a locked vehicle is needed the best thing to do is contact a trusted local locksmith. If located in Tucson contact C & S Lock & Security!