Three women receive award after rescuing 2-year-old from a hot car in Merriam

MERRIAM, Kan. - A local act of heroism is getting national attention after three women acted quickly to save a 2-year-old girl who was locked in a hot car in Merriam Saturday.

The three women were given a national award Friday from the National Mother and Child Health Coalition.

It took all three to get the little girl out of the car, and the women told 41 Action News instinct kicked in when they saw the little girl red and sweaty.

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In cellphone video from Saturday, you can see the women rush to help. Porscha Bland was first to notice the toddler inside of the car.

She instantly ran back into work at Famous Footwear to get her coworker, Sarah Oropeza, to help.

The women dashed outside, trying desperately to use a screwdriver, a chair and then a tire iron to break the window.

Finally, it was a trailer hitch rushed over by shopper Diana Piseno that shattered the glass enough for Oropeza to reach in and get the child out.

WATCH: Meet Diana Piseno who helped break open the car to rescue the child

Oropeza commented, "We were grateful that she was alive and ok, but it was also super emotional. I'm a mom, and I put myself in that situation, and it was very emotional."

Bland said there was no question she would help.

"I knew I needed to do something because I wasn't just going to walk away. She looked so scared. It was really bad. I knew I had to help," Bland said.

Already this summer, 10 children have died after being left in hot cars nationwide.

Breaking a car window isn't easy.

In an emergency, go toward the edge of the glass, which is the weakest point. If you have a hammer, use the claw side, which actually works better than the hammer side to break glass.

Two people, Marques Anderson and Mylesha Anderson, have been charged with aggravated endangerment of a child in connection with the incident. The two are not parents of the child. 

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