DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Good Samaritans and a Broward deputy came to the rescue after a mother realized she had accidentally locked her young son in her car at a gas station in Deerfield Beach.
A quick trip to the 7-Eleven on Southwest 10th Street on Wednesday afternoon turned into some frenetic moments for the mother.
Fortunately, George Tardi saw the dire situation unfold.
“She got out to accelerate, and when she got out, the automatic locks closed the car automatically,” he said. “Her phone, her keys, everything [was inside].”
Tardi said it took her a while to realize what had happened.
“First she got ready to walk in; then she realized she didn’t have her things,’ he said. “She turned around and the locks were closed.”
Tardi said he saw the woman’s child in the vehicle.
“I walked by and saw the baby in the car. She was trying to get his attention,” he said, “and I just called 911 because every second counts.”
7News cameras captured the moment a BSO employee approached a woman’s car. Moments later, he smashed the passenger’s side window and opened the door.
Good Samaritans came to the rescue of the child and made sure it was okay.
‘Fortunately he was not inside too long and other people also helped. People from the store – all customers – helped,” Tardi said.
All too often the heat can prove to be dangerous, with temperatures inside a car reaching higher levels than outside.
But thanks to a number of Good Samaritans and the quick response of the BSO deputy, tragedy has been averted in this case.
“It was just a scary situation, but thank God nothing bad happened,” Tardi said.
BSO officials confirmed that the child was accidentally trapped in the car and not seriously injured.
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