Video: Fla. officers pull 11-month-old from hot car that was reported stolen

Bodycam footage shows police locating the vehicle and providing the lethargic girl with a cold compress and water to help cool her down

By Ashley Silver

TAMPA, Fla. — Police in Florida released bodycam video related to a carjacking that left an 11-month-old’s life in the balance.

According to WFLA News, Tampa police officers responded to an apartment complex after a woman reported her car had been stolen with her 11-month-old daughter inside. Bodycam footage shows officers hopping a chain link fence half an hour later to reach the vehicle, which was turned off and sitting in the sun.

Police found the baby lethargic and overheated. They rushed her to a patrol car, providing her with a cold compress and water to cool her down. Once paramedics arrived, the girl was transported to a hospital and reunited with her mother.

Medical staff said that officers reached the baby just in time, as she clung to life in the hot vehicle. She made a full recovery from the incident.

The Tampa Police Department recognized officers Steven Zawacki, Martin Pollak, Anthony Hardesty and Landon Harsin with a lifesaving award during the department’s inaugural first quarter awards ceremony on January 19.

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