Police in Tampa, Florida, received the “Life Saving Award” on Thursday, January 19, after rescuing an infant from a stolen car on August 5, according to the Tampa Police Department.
A woman briefly left her car, with her 11-month-old baby inside, and found the vehicle was stolen, Tampa police said. Officers found the car with the baby inside after searching the area for an hour and a half.
The infant was “overheated and lethargic” after sitting in the hot car, police said. Officers placed cold compresses on the infant’s body before the baby was transported to the hospital.
Police said that the infant made a full recovery and was reunited with her mother.
Body camera footage posted by the Tampa Police Department shows the officers scaling a fence to find the baby and car, and administering first aid to the child.
The officers – Steven Zawacki, Martin Pollak, Anthony Hardesty and Landon Harsin – were given the “Life Saving Award” on Thursday, January 19, for their actions in August, police said.
The city said that “there was a strong likelihood that the child would have faced certain death had the officers not located her when they did and provided immediate first aid.” Credit: Tampa Police Department via Storyful