Typically when you hear about hot car rescues, the victim is either a small child or a dog, but this time it was an older man who became trapped in his car.
In the summer of 2014, Bob King was waiting in the car for his wife, who had been at an event at the Vestal Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, when all of a sudden he found himself locked in his car. With the temperature inside of his car quickly rising King started to panic.
If it wasn’t for a 3-year-old who happened to be walking by things could have ended very differently.
King, who was 68 years old at the time, wasn’t in the best condition.
According to ABC News, King’s wife, Jenny, described her husband as “in very bad shape.” He also “could barely see anything.” This was due to several cancer treatments and two strokes he had suffered within the past six months.
So when he realized the doors in his car automatically locked he didn’t have the necessary strength to break open the door.
“We’ve been having trouble with the door on this car since we bought it,” Bob told ABC News.
He didn’t have the strength to free himself when his car doors locked.
On this particular day it was 91 degrees. He didn’t have a car key on him so he was unable to turn the car’s air conditioning on. He was also unable to physically unlock the car doors.
As the temperature quickly rose to 120 degrees inside of the car, Bob began to panic, but then he spotted a little boy, Keith Williams, walk by.
“I hollered at him and he just looked at me kind of funny and I said ‘Get help, get help,'” Bob recalled.
When a toddler walked by his car, Bob called out to him.
Sensing that the man yelling through the car window was in trouble, Keith went over to a pastor who was volunteering at the event.
“I was talking to someone and little Keith came behind me and kept saying, ‘Locked, locked, locked,'” Pastor Jack Greene told ABC News.
At first Greene didn’t take Keith seriously, but eventually he followed the 3-year-old outside and was shocked.
Keith ran and got help for Bob.
Help arrived just in time.
As soon as Greene was able to open the door, Bob practically fell out of the car. According to Greene, Bob was “raining sweat” and “his face was red like a pickled beet.”
Bob was brought inside where he cooled off and rested in the air conditioning.
Both Greene and Keith’s mother, Jessie Williams, were impressed by Keith’s heroic actions. If it wasn’t for the little boy who knows what could have happened to Bob.