It was a bright sunny day on Shoreham Road, May 29, when a near-tragedy struck.
My daughter, Cathy, was strapping her 1-year-old into the car seat in her SUV, when her keys inadvertently dropped to the seat unnoticed. Somehow the electric door locks were engaged and when the back door closed, it too locked, trapping the baby in a sealed car on a hot day.
The Grosse Pointe Woods Police Department responded immediately with two police cars. The officers set about with their special door opener tools but were unable to release the latches Ñ the new vehicles are more burglar proof. The officers sent for a locksmith who was able to get the door open.
Almost an hour had elapsed and the child flushed and drowsy was immediately dispatched to St. John Hospital via the Woods' EMS vehicle. Fortunately the emergency room staff was able to bring her temperature down to normal and released her.
Our appreciation for the fine professionalism and courtesies extended by these fine police officers cannot be adequately expressed. We can only speculate what might have happened without their prompt response, knowing full well what entrapment in a sealed vehicle on a hot day can bring about.