3-year-old rescues man trapped inside hot car

Posted at 1:58 PM, Jul 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-15 13:58:56-04

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — An East Tennessee man is alive thanks to a fast acting 3-year-old. The man was locked inside his car with the sun beating down and temperatures in the 90s.

Keith Williams’ favorite pastime is playing video games, his favorite food is string cheese and he’s barely 3 feet tall. But don’t underestimate him when it comes to saving lives.

“We’ve had a little problem with the switch on this car,” Bob King said.

The heat inside King’s car was quickly rising when he found himself trapped Saturday afternoon. King has battled cancer, suffered from strokes and wears a pacemaker. He says he had been locked inside at the parking lot of his church for about 5 minutes when he saw 3-year-old Williams walk by.

“I hollered at him and he just looked at me kind of funny and I said, ‘Yeah I’m locked in here,” King said.

Williams knew exactly what to do. He went to his pastor, Jack Greene, and took him outside.

“He kept pulling at my hand and I eventually turned around and looked at him and said what’s going on and he said ‘Locked, locked!?” Greene said.

Williams knew something wasn’t right.

“He was hot,” he says.

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

It might have been his superhero shirt and his Ninja Turtle shoes that gave him special powers that day. Whatever it was, King is just thankful little Keith was there.

“I’m very thankful,” King says. “I don’t know how long it had been. I’d say it probably be another 20 minutes sitting in there if he hadn’t notified somebody.”

Greene was able to open the car door from the outside and get King out.