RCPD gets thank-you note after rescuing 2 kids from hot car

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) — The Riley Co. Police Dept. shared a message Thursday morning from a woman who called 911 after spotting two children by themselves in a vehicle on a day where the heat index reached the triple-digits.

In their Facebook post, RCPD posted the note they received from the woman, who they only identified as "Pam." She complimented both the dispatcher who picked up the phone and the officer who responded to the scene.

"Both were calm, cool and professional and I really appreciated that," Pam said. "I don't know their names, but please thank them for me."

In her note, Pam says she found the kids in a van in the Hobby Lobby parking. The dispatcher's calm voice and officer's quick response, she says, "kept me from breaking glass and moving those kids to my car!"

"I've been responding to emergency calls for 40 years, I don't get easily shook. But that did it," Pam continued. "Who even things that it is OK to do that?"

She mentioned another threat beyond the hot, hot sun, adding that she was glad she found them "and not some pervert."

RCPD says the children were "a little warm" when police got them out but they will be okay.

They urged everyone to "please, please, please do not leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, even if it's just for a "minute."