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Mitchellville Police Demonstrate Dangers of Leaving Kids in a Hot Car

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MITCHELLVILLE, Iowa - As the summer heat wave sets in, the Mitchellville Police Department want to remind people how dangerous it is to leave your child or pet inside your car without air flow.

Wednesday, School Resource Officer Jeremy Stevenson at Mitchellville Elementary School and Officer Derrick Spoerry filmed a public service announcement about the dangers of sitting in a hot car. The two officers sat in a shut down squad car with no windows open for 30 minutes in the parking lot of the school. Within the first ten minutes of the demonstration, the temperature reached 102 degrees, and peaked at 109 degrees. The officers said after they started to shake at the end.

"Just the uncomfortable heat. There's no air moving, we can't get out and move around. We're just sitting around, and it's just ungodly hot," said Officer Spoerry.

Officer Spoerry says if an infant would have been exposed to the same conditions for that amount of time, it would have been worse.

"They get all hot a lot quicker, and there's nothing they can do to protect themselves. So, when you leave a child in a car - I mean, we made it 30 minutes, and I'm shaking pretty good. An infant sitting there in the back seat of a car is just not going to make it," he said.

Medical personnel were on-site in case of an emergency.

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