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Witness: 'Routine' rescue of child locked in car demonstrates compassion

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Sometimes, when something goes wrong, the right people are there to help you. That was certainly the case Wednesday afternoon, according to a witness who watched bystanders come the aid of a woman and her child.

“My husband and I were coming out of Feeders Supply going to our car when I noticed a young woman starting to freak out beside her car,” Ramona Selby wrote to WDRB. “We stopped and asked what the problem was.”

Selby said the woman had locked her young daughter in the car with the keys.

“She started crying and knocking on the back window,” Selby said. “I told her not to cry we would help her and looked into the window and there was a little girl in a car seat.”

The woman had given her little girl the keys to hold as she came to get her out of the car, but the child accidentally pressed the lock button – locking her mother out of the car.

While Selby’s husband went to get help at the AutoZone nearby, Selby and the mother tried to get the child to push the button to unlock the car. But the child couldn’t get the doors open before dropping the keys.

AutoZone’s manager, Brad Anderson, came out to try to help. He said he has helped people at nearby businesses before and tried to do what he could to get the doors unlocked. But the car was made in a way that rendered his usual tool – a hanger – ineffective.

So Anderson called the fire department and draped towels and jackets over the back window to keep the car from getting too hot in the afternoon sun.

The Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Department arrived within minutes and responders were able to get the child out of the car in what Major Roger Milliner described as a “routine” rescue around 1 p.m. Wednesday.  

Selby said she was pleasantly surprised at how quickly people leapt into action to help a young mother -- and her child -- in distress.

“I then started taking pictures with my phone to show that strangers can become friends in an emergency,” Selby said. “People do care.”

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