The "hot car" and the "saving" parts are the same, but the roles have been reversed: An elderly Tennessee man who found himself trapped in his hot car in a church parking lot on July 12 was rescued—by a 3-year-old. As Bob King explains to WVLT, "we've had a little problem with the switch on this car," and while waiting for his wife to finish up at an event at Knoxville's Vestal Baptist Church, the 68-year-old found himself stuck after his car doors automatically locked. ABC News reports he didn't have a key, leaving him unable to turn on the AC or open the windows; it was 91 degrees outside, and King is in poor health.
King then noticed 3-year-old Keith Williams walking by, and started knocking on the windows. "I hollered at him and he just looked at me kind of funny and I said 'Get help, get help,'" King says. The toddler ran to his pastor, repeating the word "locked," then saying "hot, hot." He grabbed Pastor Jack Greene's hand and the man followed him outside. "When I saw Bob in the car, I said to myself: 'Oh my Lord,'" Greene says. Greene was able to open the door, at which point King literally fell out of the car, his "whole body ... raining sweat." He was brought into the church, and recovered there. WVLT notes King had been stuck in the car for about five minutes, but his wife wasn't expected for another 20 minutes.