Nightmare stories are making headlines daily of young children being left in suffocating cars during sweltering summer days. There's even been a recent trend of adults locking themselves in their own car, to record what it feels like. However, this is one side of the story that you haven't yet heard.
Keith Williams, 3, was walking past a car in the lot of Vestal Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, when 68-year-old Bob King frantically knocked on the car window for the toddler to stop.
King was locked inside the car with the temperature reaching more than 120 degrees.
"After numerous cancer treatments and having suffered from two strokes in the past six months, Bob King was described as 'in very bad shape' and 'could barely see anything' by his wife, Jenny," reports ABC News. Without keys to turn on the air conditioner, King was too overheated and weak to push open the door.
“I hollered at him and he just looked at me kind of funny and I said ‘Get help, get help,’” King explains to ABC News about his interaction with the boy.
Too small to open the car door himself, Williams ran over to Pastor Jack Greene, who was volunteering at the church's benefit event that Williams was attending. Williams' mother Jessie had educated her toddler on hot car safety mere days before.
“I was talking to someone and little Keith came behind me and kept saying, ‘Locked, locked, locked,'" Greene shares with ABC News. “I told the gentleman: ‘Excuse me for a minute’ and I followed him [Keith] out."
The car's door had gotten stuck numerous times before, and it took Greene a few attempts before it finally opened. King fell out of the car and landed on the pavement.
“His whole body was raining sweat. His face was red like a pickled beet,” Greene further shares with ABC News.
To stop King from having another stroke, Greene got him into the church and cooled his body temperature with water and the facility's air conditioning.
According to ABC News, "I saved life," is what the toddler proudly declared after King was safely with Greene.