Sometimes the help you need comes from the most unlikely of sources.
Shadow Lantry took to Facebook to share her “weird day” recently, and her viral post reminds us that sometimes the universe has a way of sending us the perfect person to help us with a particular problem, at the perfect time. It all started when the young mom went to the courthouse at New Port Richey, Florida.
As she and her husband, Joe Lantry, attended a pre-trial in the courthouse, their toddler daughter Dallas started to cry. Shadow instructed Joe to bring Dallas out to the car to soothe her, and that’s when the trouble started. Without thinking, Joe strapped Dallas into her car seat and tossed the keys onto the front seat. Slamming the door behind him, he suddenly realized that the doors were locked and he had no way of getting his daughter out.
“He puts her in the car seat and straps her in,” Shadow explained. “He tosses the keys to the front seat. She was only in there maybe five minutes.”
Considering the fact that cars heat up quickly in the Florida sun and dozens of infants die each year from being left behind in vehicles, the couple knew they had to act fast to get their daughter out of the car. We can only imagine the panic that filled his heart when he realized what he’d done.
But luck was on their side that day because there happened to be a few people nearby with some first-hand experience in breaking into cars. A group of inmates were repairing a median nearby while being supervised by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. When they heard Shadow’s cries for help, they immediately offered to help.
Sheriff Chris Nocco couldn’t help but smile at the scene when one of the inmates in his charge piped up and explained that he could break into the car using a coat hanger.
“Only when deputies are around, we give permission ‘can you break into that car,'” he was quick to remind them.
After a few minutes of tinkering with the hanger, inmate David Freyn was able to hit the automatic unlock inside the driver’s side and open the car’s doors. “Yes! Thank God!” Shadow exclaimed as the car’s horn began to blare. Joe was quick to pull open the door and check on his little girl, relieved to find that she was perfectly fine despite all the hullabaloo.
Sheriff Nocco said he was pleased with the outcome of the situation, and happy that the inmates were able to lend a hand. “There’s only a very small percentage of those criminals out there that want to fight us and want to attack us,” he stated. “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.”
We’d say they’re off to a great start getting rehabilitated! Their particular set of skills were exactly what this little family needed that day, and we are so pleased that little Dallas is okay. It just goes to show you that heroes come in all forms, and we’re grateful for them all.
Please share this story to thank all of the heroes of the world!
Share your story & inspire the world.
If you have an uplifting story we would love to hear about it! Share it with us here.