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Child Locked in Car at Azalea Square

Firefighters force their way into the vehicle.

A young mother needed firefighters to help get her small son out of a locked car last week. 

Firefighters arrived at the Target parking lot at Azalea Square on the afternoon of June 11 to find the child had been accidentally locked in a Chevrolet Tahoe.

When first responders couldn't get into the car, they received approval from the child's mother to force their way in. The child was rescued, unharmed.

The swift response from the firefighters is an important reminder of the danger of children or pets left in a hot car this summer.

Summerville Fire Chief Richard Waring stressed that even cracked windows can't provide enough circulation to prevent a child or pet from succumbing to the intense conditions.

"The heat gets up there pretty quick," Waring said. "It's unbearable for everything."

Waring said if a child or an animal is witnessed inside a locked vehicle and the vehicle's owner cannot be found, then citizens should call 911 for immediate assistance. 

Robert Arabis June 21, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Why didn't they call a locksmith! I"m sick and tired of law enforcement and firemen doing my job! I'm curious how much damage they caused to the owner's vehicle...over 50$ to a locksmith,and by the way i unlock babies for free ! Stokes lock & key owner Robert Arabis
KB June 25, 2012 at 02:04 PM
As a mother I would have to say if I found myself in this situation, a locksmith is the LAST thing I would think of. All I am going to think is break the window myself (If I have the means) or call 911. No offense Mr. Arabis, but how long is your normal response time? With the current temperatures I would think anything more than a 10 to 15 minute wait is going to get dangerous for the child. I don't think that the firemen or law enforcement are looking to take food off of your table, they get called to these people and are simply doing their jobs as first responders.
Lindsay Street June 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM
K. Brown, I agree. I also don't have a locksmith on speed dial, and I wouldn't spend time flipping through a phone book while a child is baking in a hot car. 10 min in a locked car at 80° outside = 100° inside http://www.ggweather.com/heat/fig1a.gif Robert, I know the damage to the vehicle is worth it to the mom in the story, but it is heartening to hear you unlock vehicles for free in emergency situations!

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