A New York firefighter smashed a window with a hammer to rescue an abandoned five-year-old boy who was sweating and screaming inside a sweltering car.
Matthew Clinton was praised for his swift action which saw the boy’s father, Geremie Ram, 42, arrested.
The father is believed to have had Xanax in his possession at the time he left the car in Queens yesterday.
Matthew Clinton has been praised for his swift action after he smashed a car window to rescue a five-year-old boy who was trapped inside the sweltering vehicle
Clinton told The New York Post: ‘I was just there at the right time, I could tell that it was really hot in the vehicle.’
The firefighter was with two trainees near a Target in College Point when he stumbled across the young boy in a car seat.
He said: ‘The kid was screaming that it was hot. You could see sweat on his face. I told him that I’m a Firefighter.
‘Dispatch was called, and I asked someone in the crowd to get me something to break the window with.’
By this time, a crowd had gathered around the car and a bystander handed over a hammer so Clinton could break into the car.
He said: ‘I broke the driver’s side window and unlocked the doors. We got the kid out, and within a couple minutes the police showed up.’
A bystander offered Clinton a hammer which he used to smash the window. The boy was taken to hospital and his father has been arrested
Ram was charged with reckless endangerment, acting in a manner dangerous to a child and possession of a controlled substance.
His son was taken to hospital but did not suffer any serious injuries.
More than 50 children died in the US last year after being left unattended in hot vehicles.
The New York City Fire Department has urged parents to never leave their children unattended in a car on a warm day.
In a statement, they said: ‘According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the inside temperature of a car – regardless of whether the windows are closed or partially open – can rise as much as 40 degrees within one hour, even if the exterior temperature is only in the low 70s.
‘The majority of the temperature rise occurs within the first 15-30 minutes, and no amount of shade is enough to protect children from these dangers.
‘To help you remember that children are in the backseat of your car, place a much-needed item, like a cell phone or your shoe, with them in the backseat.’