LOUISVILLE, Ky. September 1, 2015 – Thanks to the bravery of Orange County Deputy Dustin Rosenbaum who is a newly appointed Officer an infant is alive today. The child was trapped in a locked vehicle that had been involved in an accident and was engulfed in flames when he arrived on the scene.
Deputy Rosenbaum was two minutes away from the scene when he heard the call of a vehicle accident and rushed to the scene not a moment too soon. Arriving he found the vehicle engine on fire and the flames racing to the passenger compartment. Inside was an infant child strapped in her restraint seat locked in the car.
Deputy Rosenbaum was interviewed by WDRB.com and stated that he had tried to open the doors but found them locked. Knowing that the fire would spread quickly through the car he used whatever was closest at hand, that being a rock and started beating on the window of the car to break the glass. He had to smash the window five or six times before it would break and he could unlock the door.
“She was restrained and crying. I knew that was good — she was alert at that point,” he said.
He finally got the baby from the car before the flames got any further into the vehicles passenger compartment or the baby suffered physical injury and brought her to safety.
Although Deputy Rosenbaum said “”I just feel like I was doing my job. I know any officer I work with or across the nation would have done the same thing in the same situation,” his Department will be appropriately honoring him with a life saving award later for his heroic act.
The young and humble Deputy attributes things working out the way that they did to a much higher force than himself in his statement to a reporter “I think it would have played out very different if I had been much further than I was,” he said. “I definitely think God had a huge part in the way everything turned out. I believe everything happens for a reason.”
The grandmother of the child, Mary Hagemier told WDRB, “I don’t know what we would have done if it hadn’t been for him she might have burned up in that car.”
Further details of the incident can be found at WDRB.com
Screen shots from WDRB.com