Dog saves baby from locked car

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By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – A 6-month-old infant was rescued from a locked car with the help of the family’s pooch on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and in a separate incident Saturday, Oct. 19, a Thatcher officer utilized a lock-out kit to save a 2-year-old child from being locked in a vehicle. 

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, a Safford officer was dispatched at about 12:04 p.m. to a residence regarding a 6-month-old infant and a dog being in a locked car. 

The car was running and the air conditioner was operating. However, the infant was crying while properly buckled in a car seat in the back of the vehicle. 

As the officer prepared to put his lockout tool into the door, the dog jumped on the lock and opened the door, according to the officer’s report. 

On Saturday, Oct. 19, a Graham County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched at about 3:44 p.m. to a residence on W. Ochoa Lane regarding a 2-year-old boy being in a locked car. 

The deputy advised he did not have a lockout kit and a Thatcher officer advised she did and responded to the call. The Thatcher officer utilized the lockout kit and freed the child, who was not harmed.