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Police officer rescues toddler locked in car

Patton Township police Officer Brad Tuskovich poses with 13-month-old Heidi Cornman after freeing her from an locked car Saturday.
Patton Township police Officer Brad Tuskovich poses with 13-month-old Heidi Cornman after freeing her from an locked car Saturday. Photo provided

If your keys get locked in your car, it’s a nuisance. If your toddler gets locked in the car, it’s an emergency.

Fortunately for one Patton Township family, the police were there to provide swift assistance.

When Jenny Cornman’s fiance loaded her 13-month-old daughter, Heidi, into her Kia Sorrento Saturday, he left the keys in Heidi’s care, Cornman said.

“Well, she’s at that age where she likes to push buttons,” Cornman said Sunday. “After he closed the door, she hit the lock button then dropped the keys on the floor.”

Cornman and her fiance panicked at first, she said, and called 911. In about five minutes, a Patton Township police car arrived.

“The car was in the garage the whole time,” she said, “so (Heidi) wasn’t in the sun.”

Officer Brad Tuskovich was able to use his lockout tools to open the door and rescue Heidi, Cornman said. He even let her play with his shoulder radio and posed for a picture.

Keys locked in a car is a common call, Patton Township police said. Sometimes a lockout does involve a child, which can cause some tension for parents.

In those cases, police will expedite the call. All Patton Township police cars are equipped with lockout tools and can open a locked door free of charge.

We’re always out to help anyone who’s appreciative. It’s a good feeling to help people in need.

Officer Brad Tuskovich

“A lot of times we don’t deal with very nice aspects of society,” Tuskovich said Sunday. “We’re always out to help anyone who’s appreciative. It’s a good feeling to help people in need.”

Cornman said she especially wanted to thank the officer, given the recent amount of negative police stories in the media.

“We wanted to recognize him for being cool under pressure and for being sweet to our daughter,” Cornman said.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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