KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Temperatures soared in the metro area Saturday. In some places the heat index rose to 103 degrees. So when a family couldn't get a child out of a locked car, one person acted quickly.
A young child was trapped inside a car. That’s when one man took a skateboard and smashed open the window.
Jeffrey Campbell was at Rosedale Park Saturday afternoon playing Frisbee golf when he saw what was happening and hit "record" on his smartphone's video camera.
“I didn't really know what was going on," Campbell said later. "I just knew this guy was carrying his skateboard over to the car and was going to open it. So I just flipped on my camera phon, and he busted out the window."
The child was no more than 2 years old. The family accidentally locked the child and keys inside the car.
They quickly asked for help, and the man in the video didn't think twice. Campbell said, “It was hot; they wanted him out I guess. He decided to take action. I don't know what made him decide to go ahead and do that.”
With a heat index in the low 100s in Kansas City, the temperature in the car can reach deadly levels in minutes.
Thirty-five children have already died from heatstroke in cars this year.
Heatstroke happens when the body temperature reaches 104 degrees. Once the core body temperature reaches 107 degrees, that’s when internal organs shut down.
Children’s smaller bodies warm three to five times faster than adults.
This time, because of some quick action, the child came out crying but was not hurt.
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