Police Officer Rescues Unconscious Three-Year-Old Girl From Hot Car She Was Left In Overnight
A police officer in Florida has saved a three year old girl from almost certain death after she was left in a boiling hot car overnight. The moment that the child was rescued was captured on camera, and it's not an easy watch.
Luckily for the kid, the quick-thinking and definitive actions of Seminole County Deputy Bill Dunn meant that the girl was not killed. He carried the child to his patrol car, flung on the air conditioning and sat her down in front of it.
He had initially thought that she was dead but found out she was alive when her eyes moved ever so slightly before he rescued her earlier this year on Father's Day, 17 June.
The child had been left after she had gone for a journey to the booze shop with her mother the day before.
Shockingly, her mum forgot to take her out of the car and left her in there overnight. She has now been charged with child neglect.
The kid was taken to the hospital immediately after when Deputy Dunn put on his sirens and rushed her to get help. He can be heard in the video saying: "It's OK, baby. Talk to me! You're OK".
He told local news station FOX13: "Sadly, I didn't think she was alive when I got to her. I felt for a pulse, I didn't feel a pulse.
"Once the cold air hit her, that's when I started noticing her eyes kind of fluttering."
Eventually, he arrived with the girl at the hospital, he stuck her onto a stretcher and waiting at the emergency room until he could be certain that she was going to be fine. Once out of the hospital, the footage - filmed on the police officer's dashboard camera - showed him slumped and exhausted after his ordeal.
For the third time this year, we're proud to spotlight one of our life-saving employees. In June Deputy Bill Dunn rescued from a hot car, a three year old girl barely clinging to life.https://t.co/EZwcbYE98T pic.twitter.com/ZjTj6qAZV9
- Seminole County S.O. (@SeminoleSO) August 16, 2018
He continued: "It was a heck of a thing to experience that adrenaline dump. And then when it finally goes away, how it really does affect the body.
"Sometimes we're able to have a moment like this that makes it all worthwhile."
That moment came just days later when he and the child whose life he had saved were reunited.
The girl's dad called to see if he could find Dunn to thank him, and he asked if he could see the young girl.
He continued: "It was good for me, it was healthy for me to be able to see her healthy and up running and acting like a three-year-old should act."
No doubt. Well done, Deputy Dunn.
Featured Image Credit: Seminole County S.O