Roles reversed: 3-year-old boy saves man trapped inside hot car

3 year old

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A fast-acting 3-year-old is being credited with saving a Tennessee man’s life.

“We’ve had a little problem with the switch on this car about opening up,” said Bob King.

Temperatures outside were on the rise and inside Bob King’s car, the heat was quickly building.

King was trapped inside his car on Saturday afternoon when 3-year-old Keith Williams happened to walk by.

“I hollered at him and he just looked at me kind of funny and I said,’Yeah, I’m locked in here,” said King.

King has battled cancer, suffered from strokes and wears a pacemaker.

He says he had been locked inside the car for about five minutes when he started to get nervous.

“Well, yeah, it was kind of hot. That was the only thing that was bothering me, being hot. I knew that sooner or later, I’d have somebody to come out so they could unlock it for me,” he said.

Luckily for him, 3-year-old Keith knew exactly what to do.

He went inside the church, grabbed his pastor and led him to the car.

“And he kept pulling at my hand and eventually, I turned around and looked at him. I said, ‘What’s going on?’ He said, ‘Locked. Locked!” said Jack Greene.

“He was hot. He was locked in the car,” said Keith.

It may have been his superhero shirt and his Ninja Turtle shoes that gave him special powers that day.

Whatever it was, King is thankful Keith was there.

“I’m very thankful because, you know, I don’t know how long it’d been. I’d say probably another 20 minutes sitting in there if he hadn’t notified somebody,” King said.

“I am very impressed and I’m proud that he would know what to do,” said Jessie Williams, Keith’s mother.