It was a split second decision several people had to make in order to save the lives of two kids left inside a hot car in Katy. The video has now gone viral and has been seen everywhere. And the man who decided to capture it all was Gabriel Del Valle
“I started recording right when they were going to break the window,” says Gabriel Del Valle, who captured the rescue on his phone.
In the video you see several people trying to break this suv’s windows with no success. After several attempts, finally with a small hammer, one person was able to create a hole.
“They said the kids were crying I didn’t hear anything but they were little, they looked very little,” says Meredith Mazor, assistant manager at Cost Cutters.
Meredith was attending to a client in her hair salon, when all of a sudden she heard the commotion and ran outside. This is the same salon that some news organization reported that the mom was in getting her hair done, while her children baked in a hot car. That story was false.
“I just had a camera in my phone. They guys they deserve the hero status, I don’t deserve none of that,” says Del Valle.
The images also show a woman who crawled through the chattered window. We later found out she was the mother of the kids, who minutes before had been in this postal center seeking help to rescue her kids.
The manager showed us surveillance video which shows the mom moments before with the kids by her side. We later see her leave with the two little ones but at 5:39 she comes back into the store without them.
“She came inside and was talking to her and I still didn’t know what was going on, but used our phone and I don’t know who she was calling, either 911,” say Heidy Lopez, works at postal center.
Heidy tells us the mother explained she had locked the keys in her car. But while waiting and then making a call, the timer on the surveillance shows almost five minutes have passed, it wasn’t until 5:44 that we see her run out the door.
“It was an accident but you never know, it can lead to fatal stuff, but accidents happen,” adds Del Valle.
“Of course it was accidental. It was not something she meant to do,” says Heidy Lopez.
Very little is known of what happened after the recording stopped, but no police report is on record of this incident and no identification for those people who took action, all in order to save these little kids lives.