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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • LCF employee honored for rescuing child from hot car

  • Jeremy Welch was recognized Wednesday for helping rescue a 20-month-old girl from a hot car, and the Leavenworth man said he hopes other people would do the same.
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  • Jeremy Welch was recognized Wednesday for helping rescue a 20-month-old girl from a hot car, and the Leavenworth man said he hopes other people would do the same.
    Welch, who works at Lansing Correctional Facility, was honored at the prison by Kansas Secretary of Corrections Ray Roberts.
    "You make us all look good," Roberts said during a ceremony that was attended by other LCF employees.
    Roberts presented Welch a certificate and secretary of corrections coin.
    Welch said he and his wife, Nina, saw a young child alone in a car Aug. 4 in Kansas City, Mo. He said the windows of the car were "barely cracked."
    Welch said they looked around but didn't see anyone who looked like a parent of the girl. They called 911.
    His wife removed the child from the car, which was unlocked.
    "She was dripping with sweat," Welch said of the child.
    At one point, another woman who was at the scene carried the girl into a store to cool her.
    Welch said the girl's mother arrived and wanted to know who had removed her child from the car. Welch said the mother was informed the police had been called.
    He alleged the woman became aggressive and tried to take back the child. She allegedly tore his shirt.
    Welch works as a corrections counselor at LCF. He has worked at the prison for eight years.
    LCF Warden Rex Pryor said he saw a news report about the Aug. 4 incident and thought "many people would probably just walk by, not do anything."
    He didn't learn until the next day Welch had been involved in rescuing the girl.
    "We wanted to do something to recognize his efforts out in the public," Pryor said.
    Pryor also noted that Welch responded to a 2007 incident in which another employee was attacked at the prison.
    Pryor joked that the only bad rumor he's heard about Welch is that he is a Denver Broncos fan. The warden presented Welch with a plaque with the Colorado football team's logo that was created in a workshop at the prison.
    Welch said other news reports indicated he had removed the young girl from the car. But, he credited his wife with removing the child.
    "I just dealt with the angry mother," he said.
    Welch said he hopes his co-workers would do the same thing if they found themselves in a similar situation.
    Welch also said he doesn't feel he did anything extraordinary in 2007 in responding to the attack on the employee.
    "I did my job," he said. "I did what I was supposed to."
    Welch said he loves LCF.
    "It's been my life for eight years," he said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Welch said his co-workers make his job bearable and keep him safe.
    The mother who allegedly left her daughter in the car Aug. 4 has been charged in Platte County, Mo.
    Tiquana S. Pasco, 29, faces a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment, according to a news release from Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric G. Zahnd.
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