Four Florida police officers were honoured on Thursday for their swift rescue of an 11-month-old infant that was left in an abandoned stolen car.
The Tampa Police Department released police body camera footage of the incident, which took place on August 5, 2022. According to reports, after the infant girl’s mother reported that she had been taken inside her stolen car, officers Steven Zawacki, Martin Pollak, Anthony Hardesty, and Landon Harsin responded to the incident.
The officers discovered the vehicle approximately half an hour later. In the released footage, officers can be seen jumping the fence enclosing the stolen Kia Optima as they rush to find the child. After she was left abandoned with the car’s windows wound up, the baby was overheated and lethargic when officers found her.
The baby was taken back to the police patrol car, where the officers gave her water and a cold compress to cool her down until paramedics arrived on the scene and transported her to the hospital. The child has since been reunited with her mother and has made a full recovery.
During the Tampa Police Department’s quarterly awards ceremony on Thursday, officers Zawacki, Pollak, Hardesty, and Harsin were honoured with Life Saving Awards.
Watch the video below.