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Las Vegas man helps rescue toddlers locked in hot car

Posted at 11:41 PM, Jul 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-13 12:02:30-04

A Las Vegas man said he was just in the right place at the right time when he helped rescue two children locked inside a hot car.

Temperatures were hovering around 105 degrees Tuesday afternoon when Gene Littleford was about to go inside the Las Vegas Animal Foundation.

As he walked toward the door, Littleford said he heard children screaming. He scanned the parking lot, but didn't see any kids around. Then he saw a car parked right in front of him. He said the doors were locked and a window was slightly cracked open. That's when he noticed two toddlers in the back seat. 

"I was appalled because who does that? Why would anyone do this? I'm the father of 4 kids," said Littleford. "I would have never left my kids in the car for any reason! But she didn't even have the consideration to leave the car running with air conditioning on."

Littleford called 911 and said police arrived before he even hung up with the dispatcher. Officers were able to get the children out safely. Paramedics checked them out and they were fine. Littleford said he was glad police got these so fast. He said he didn't want to beak the windows, but would have if it had taken police longer to arrive.