An unnerving moment for any parent – that child locked inside an SUV outside the Pasco County courthouse. Thankfully deputies were nearby… And a rare moment of inmates working with law enforcement.
“She ok in there?…”
One-year-old Dallas – alone.
Trapped inside her family’s Chevy Tahoe.
“You ok baby?”
Her father tossed the keys in the front seat.
The doors locked after he buckled her in.
“Try another one! Try the front door… the driver door.”
A crowd quickly forms to help.
Including a group of deputies and work-release inmates they supervise.
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco says, “Our trustees are people who have made mistakes, we’re trying to rehabilitate them to get back into society.”
Five low-risk offenders jumping into action.
They were repairing medians outside the West Pasco Judicial Center.
Richard Stanger says, “Surprised when somebody had a wire coat hanger, we were able to get the door open enough to get it in there, unlock the door.”
Unlikely teamwork saves the day.
Pasco Sheriff Nocco says, “A lot of them, like these individuals, they know they made bad mistakes, bad choices, but they want to do the right thing in life.”
Sheriff Chris Nocco says – this inmate’s unique “skill set” came in handy.
Pasco Sheriff Nocco says, “No, only when a deputy is around, we give permission can you break into that car.”
And Dallas’ parents tell me… Despite the scare…
“Honey was that stressful? Oh my god.”
She is doing just fine.