Occurred on 4/12/12, 11:09 am Child Rescue 2961 Port Avenue 1204120054
A 9-month-old baby was locked in her grandmother’s red 2008 Ford F150 when the keys were accidentally left inside. The distraught grandmother no longer able to wait for a locksmith requested the Officer to break the window fearing for the baby’s safety.
Officer R. Soliz used his tactical rescue knife to break the window. The unharmed infant was quickly rescued and back in grandma’s arms.
The rescue knives were donated by the Corpus Christi Police Academy Alumni to all Patrol Officers and Criminal Investigation Division Detectives and they will also be providing knives to the new Police Academy Cadets graduating Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Selena Auditorium beginning at 2:00 pm.
These tactical knives have proved to be valuable as they have been used to rescue a man locked in his vehicle suffering from a heart attack and cut seatbelts off trapped accident victims as well as saving children from locked vehicles. The rescue knives are used on a daily basis and the Police Department thanks the Corpus Christi Police Academy Alumni who have graciously provided Officers with the tools and equipment needed to make our community safer.
Police Department MetroCom Supervisor Cheryl Daubs encourages anyone with children to be sure to have an additional key, especially with the approaching hot weather. It only takes a few minutes for the vehicle to get overheated and for a child to be in distress.
The Police Department recommends the following tips to avoid accidental lock-ins:
- If a child is locked in a car, keep calm and call 911 immediately
- Keep a spare key in your purse, pocket, or wallet
- Make sure the vehicle is empty before remote locking
- Always take children with you
- The driver should always keep the keys, never leave them in the ignition, give them to the child or place them on a car seat.
- Never let your child play with the car keys