By Jim Hagerty
HOBOKEN, N.J. — A child locked inside a parked car on a sweltering day is something nobody wants to discover.
That’s exactly what a Hoboken, New Jersey, pedestrian thought he’d seen this week, so he immediately dialed 911. An emergency team also saw what appeared to be a baby in a car seat so a responder did what he was trained to do: he shattered the window to get at the possibly suffocating child.
It turns out, however, the child was nothing more than a doll left in the vehicle by the owner.
Although the incident did get some laughs, officials say the responder form the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps., deserves to be heralded for his quick response to what could have been a deadly situation.
“Seconds are paramount there,” said Thomas Molta, who runs the ambulance corps. “That’s the difference between a baby breathing, not breathing, pulse, no pulse. “You can replace a window, but you can’t replace a life.”
Molta has seen pictures of the doll and said he would have been fooled had been at the scene.
“It looked real,” Molta said. “I got 34 years experience in EMS, and I probably would have broken the window, too.”
The doll belonged to the granddaughter of car owner, Kitty Mieles. Mieles says she doesn’t blame EMTs for the incident. She also said she won’t ever leave the doll in the car seat again. The City of Hoboken has replaced the broken window.