SALT LAKE CITY - Former police officer Chris Willden didn't hesitate when he realized children were trapped in an upside down car in an icy Utah river. He pulled his handgun, pushed it up against the submerged windows and shot out the glass.
Then he reached inside.
"I was trying to grab arms, but I couldn't feel anything," Willden said. "I'm thinking ... what are we going to do?"'
But he turned to see up to eight other passers-by had scrambled down the embankment to help after coming upon the accident along U.S. 89 in Logan Canyon on Saturday afternoon.
Willden, eh? Isn't he one of us?
And getting into a car is no joke. I bought the whole family emergency rescue tools for cutting seat-belts and breaking into/out of side windows on cars after I was in a similar situation in Texas last month trying to break into a lady's car after she managed to nearly t-bone me and launch herself into a forest off a 30ft embankment. Craziness.
Anyhow, good work. I wouldn't want to use a handgun to break into a car in an emergency unless there was no choice (which seems to be the case here). Obviously there is a conscientious way to aim a pistol such that the bullet will only break glass and not threaten those inside...but there are also some great assisted opening knives with glass-breaker tips on the hilt. This is the one I got for folks for Christmas (photos do a lousy job of showing the glass-breaker).
http://www.bladeops.com/Smith-Wesson-Mi ... wmp3bs.htm
Anyhow, great work!