Locked car becomes deadly oven as elderly gent swelters inside—then a 3-year-old spots him

A mother who taught her 3-year-old son about hot-car safety probably would not have realized that only days later, her son would encounter this very issue.

It was 91 degrees Fahrenheit (approx. 33 degrees C) outside one day in July 2014 when Bob King found himself trapped in his car after the doors automatically locked. The 68-year-old was waiting for his wife to come back from an event at the Vestal Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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“We’ve been having trouble with the door on this car since we bought it,” King explained to ABC News.

King, who suffered from two strokes in the past six months, and who has undergone numerous treatments for cancer, was “in very bad shape” and couldn’t push open the car door.

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Trapped inside and without a car key, King couldn’t switch on the air conditioning.

He was panicking as the temperature inside the car had reached over 120 degrees Fahrenheit (approx. 49 degrees C).

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Fortunately, a 3-year-old boy was playing in the parking lot and saw King when he was frantically knocking on the car window repeatedly to get the boy’s attention.

“I hollered at him and he just looked at me kind of funny and I said ‘Get help, get help,’” King recalled.

The boy, Keith Williams, knew what to do as a few days before this incident, his mother, Jessie, had educated him about hot-car safety.

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As Keith was not even 3 feet tall and could not open the car door by himself, he ran to get help from Pastor Jack Greene, who was nearby volunteering at an event.

“I was talking to someone and little Keith came behind me and kept saying, ‘Locked, locked, locked,’” Greene recalled.

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He didn’t understand what Keith was trying to say until the young boy started patting and pulling his hand while saying, “hot, hot.”

Greene decided to check out what happened.

“I told the gentleman: ‘Excuse me for a minute’ and I followed him [Keith] out,” Greene said.

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“When I saw Bob in the car, I said to myself: ‘Oh my Lord,’” he recounted.

It took Greene a few attempts to get the car door opened. When the door finally opened, King fell out from his car seat and nearly hit his head on the ground.

“His whole body was raining sweat. His face was red like a pickled beet,” Greene said. “I asked him three times: ‘Are you OK Bob?’”

Greene also asked King if he needed medical help to which King told him, “Just give me a minute.”

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Greene took King inside the air-conditioned church and gave him water. He also fanned him until he became better.

King is thankful to Keith for helping him, as he would’ve had to wait for another 20 minutes before his wife returned.

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When Keith’s mother heard of what her son had done, she was very proud.

“I am very impressed and I’m proud that he would know what to do,” Jessie said.

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“He [Keith] said: ‘I saved life’ after I brought Bob inside,” Greene said. “He is such a good kid. He is an inspiration and blessing to us.”

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