NEWS: Good Samaritan Could Face Charges For Trying To Help Rescue Child From Burning Truck

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An Idaho woman who acted as a good Samaritan when a child was stuck inside a burning truck could face charges – all over a fire extinguisher.

NEWS: Good Samaritan Could Face Charges For Trying To Help Rescue Child From Burning Truck

When a truck with a child inside when up in flames near the Washington State Department of Transportation restroom building on Snoqualmie Pass, Tequila Isaacson who jumped in to action and broke a glass door to reach a fire extinguisher. (Photo: Tequila Isaacson)

“I’m in absolute shock,” said Tequila Isaacson who jumped in to help when the pickup truck went up in flames.

It happened near the Washington State Department of Transportation restroom building on Snoqualmie Pass.

On Tuesday one of the glass front doors on the neighboring Red Mountain Coffee remained boarded up after Isaacson broke the window on Sunday to gain access to a fire extinguisher.
“We turned around and the whole vehicle was on fire,” said Isaacson. “There were flames shooting between the cab and the bed of the truck – taller than the truck.”
The pickup was parked in the parking lot next to the coffee shop when it went up in flames with a child inside. The boy’s parents worked to get him out as another man called 911 and Isaacson frantically searched for a fire extinguisher.

“I ran back around from where the glass door was and I pulled a post out of the bed of my truck and hit the door to get to the fire extinguisher,” said Isaacson.
When first responders arrived, the 34-year-old told authorities she broke the glass door to get the extinguisher. But, Isaacson was stunned by what the Washington State Patrol Trooper told her next.

“He was telling me that using a fire extinguisher that doesn’t belong to me is theft and you’re not allowed to steal it, no matter how good your intentions,” she said.
Isaacson said the trooper told her she would need to pay to replace the glass on the door, or else.

“He out right stated that unless I was willing to pay for it right then and there, he would be charging me with burglary,” said Isaacson.
Isaacson said it was instinct to jump into help to try to prevent the truck from exploding before firefighters could get there.
“Talk about no good deed goes unpunished,” she said.

The Washington State Patrol said their trooper did talk to Isaacson about who would be responsible and the consequences. They said so far, no charges have been filed.
According to WSP, they will be reviewing the way this case was handled with the trooper, adding they are grateful for Isaacson’s courageous effort to help save the child.
It’s not clear why the truck went up in flames.

A church youth group leader found an apparently abandoned one-month-old baby in a car seat on the side of the road while driving along a busy interstate Saturday afternoon

NEWS: Baby Found Abandoned in Car Seat on Okla. Highway with $5,500 in Cash, Birth Certificate, Social Security Card

“He was just a little fella,” Rodger Prater, 46, the leader of the youth group at Abba’s House of Worship Center in Ada, Oklahoma. “Thank God we got there in time.”

The infant was found with $5,500 in cash, a birth certificate and a social security card, according to Sgt. Gary Knight of the Oklahoma City Police Department

The startling discovery came when Prater and his wife, Nancy, were driving a van full of church youth group members home after spending the day at an amusement park, he says.

At about 4 p.m., while heading down a rural, wooded stretch of I-40, he spotted what he says looked like a car seat.

“I couldn’t fathom it at first,” he says. “Then the little boy’s feet moved. I told my wife under my breath, ‘I think I see a baby.’ She said, ‘What?’”

The child was sitting inside the carrier, about 10 feet from the white line on the shoulder of the busy, two-lane highway, according to the police report obtained.

With temperatures exceeding 90 degrees, the blacktop on which the carrier sat was hot. But the baby showed no signs of distress. “He wasn’t sweating, sunburnt or hot,” says the report.

Police estimate that the infant had only been there about a half hour.

Prater says his heart skipped a beat when he approached the car seat and didn’t see any movement. “His eyes were shut,” he says. “I was freaking out. I thought, ‘Don’t let there be anything wrong with him.’”

When he picked up the car seat, “the baby’s eyes popped open,” he says. “I started bawling. I was relieved he was OK.”

Prater brought the baby back to the van, laid him on a seat, turned on the air conditioning to cool him off and then called 911.

“He was real clean and had a onesie on,” he says. “Beautiful baby.”

While they waited for help to arrive, his wife changed the baby with a diaper that a Good Samaritan who stopped to help gave Prater, he says.

Once police and emergency personnel arrived, the baby was taken to an area hospital. “He was checked and he was just fine,” says Knight.

Police were able to locate the child’s mother later that day using the information found on the documents that were with the baby, says Knight. “The mother was taken to a hospital to be evaluated,” says Knight.

Baby found on side of road
Credit Rodger Prater

No arrests have been made and the baby is in custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

“The little boy is safe,” DHS communications director Sheree Powell.

Her office has been inundated with offers to adopt the baby.

“This baby’s story has touched the hearts of people around the country,” she says.

Prater downplayed his quick-thinking act of heroism — and credits the discovery of the baby elsewhere.

“All I know is that God intervened,” he says. “One day when the baby is old enough to understand, he can call me and I will tell him that it was no fluke that we found him. We found him for a reason. I will tell him that God has a plan for his life.”

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