Deputy sheriff saves 2 children locked in car

Published On: Aug 06 2014 03:24:33 AM HST   Updated On: Jun 27 2014 08:02:50 PM HST

A deputy sheriff saved two children locked in a hot car on Friday near the First Circuit Court building in Downtown Honolulu, according to public safety officials.

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The incident happened at around 9:40 a.m. on the Halekauwila Street side of the courthouse.

A mother got out of her car to put money in the meter.  The car was turned off but the keys were still inside the car along with her 2-year-old and 5-month old children.

One of the children locked the car as she was putting money in the meter.  Public safety officials say she frantically made every effort to get the car door open, but didn't want to leave her children.

The woman flagged down a man who ran into Circuit Court and found Deputy Sheriff Grant Auna.  Deputy Auna called police and fire crews for backup as he ran to the car.

Deputy Auna saw the kids were in the hot car for more than 15 minutes and they were soaked with sweat and crying and needed to come out immediately.

Using a sledgehammer, Deputy Auna broke the window and pulled the kids out.  Police officers and firefighters arrived about five minutes after the children were taken out of the car.

Fire crews checked out the children.  They were hot but okay.

Public safety officials said Deputy Auna did the right thing by breaking the window and getting the children out right away

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