Heartbreaking message to parents - March 8th, 2010 is a day Reggie McKinnon won’t ever forget.
It was a warm day in Lee County and he accidentally left his young daughter in his car all afternoon.
Payton Lynn passed away.
McKinnon doesn’t ever want that tragedy to happen to anyone else. So he's using his heartbreaking story as an example. He’s urging parents not to leave children in cars.
McKinnon is partnering with local and federal groups asking parents to pledge not to leave their child in a car alone.
"I made a promise to my sweet Payton Lynn that I would do everything I could to prevent this horror from ever happening to another innocent child,” McKinnon said.
On Tuesday police and first responders illustrated how they respond to incidents of children left in hot vehicles.
They urge you to always call 911 if you see a child alone in the car.
Safercar.gov offers these tips:
Never leave a child alone in a car.
Don’t let your kids play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.
Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.
Keep a large teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it’s empty. Move the teddy bear to the front seat when you place the child in the seat as a visual reminder.
If you are dropping your children off at childcare, but normally your spouse or partner drops them off, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure they were not left in the car.
Become vigilant about looking in the vehicle before locking the door. Always look front and back before walking away — always!