I work as a Parking Enforcement Officer. On the job, I get a lot of grief from my fellow workers, who rag on me because I'm a big proponent of EDC (Every Day Carry), and they think it's pointless to carry around a bunch of gear that “you'll never need.” Well, on one sweltering day I was on foot, patrolling downtown. I noticed one car illegally parked in a handicap zone in front of a bank, so I walked over to write it a ticket. To my horror, I heard crying inside the car, and when I looked inside, there was a toddler strapped in a car seat, sweating profusely in the 90+ degree weather—and that was outside the car.
Concerned for the welfare of the child, I ran into the bank and found the mother. She was depositing a check and was planning to be in and out. When we got back to the car the mother was frantic. She was looking for her keys for what seemed an eternity when she realized the worst: she had locked them inside the car. I suggested that she call a tow truck while I radioed for a paramedic. At this point it had been well over 10 minutes in the blistering heat, and all the EMTs were tied up because of the heat wave, and the tow truck was nowhere to be found.
Realizing we couldn’t wait any longer, I took out my SureFire Pen I (EWP-01) that I usually use to fill out citations and told everyone to back away. I used its window-breaker tailcap to smash the driver’s side window out and opened the door to remove the toddler and hand him to his relieved mother. The EMT showed up almost 20 minutes later, and they checked out the toddler to find that he was fortunately okay. I got a cheer from the small crowd that had gathered around the scene, and later a special commendation at work.
All in all, I was just doing my job when something out of the ordinary happened, and thanks to quick thinking and my SureFire Pen, a potentially deadly incident was averted. It’s not often that a “meter maid” gets praise from strangers for doing their job. Thanks, SureFire.
San Rafael, CA
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My son and I were driving through Badger Pass, on our way home in a severe blizzard with white-out conditions. On the way down the pass, I could not stop in time for a curve, due to ice on the road, and skidded into the embankment, out of sight from the road. Calling for help on my cell phone, I was told that all search efforts would not take place until the storm subsided enough for there to be enough visibility to find me; I was told to stay put.
Forty-eight hours later, I heard a snowmobile search party nearby, but with the doors frozen shut and a couple of hundred pounds of snow on the car, I could not get out of the car. My son reminded me that I had my SureFire Pen in the glove compartment, so I used its glass-breaker tailcap to break the tempered glass window of the door. It shattered with very little effort—thank goodness, because I was very weak and scared. We were able to dig our way out, and we both survived the near-death experience. Now I always carry my SureFire pen with me.
Thank you, SurFire. Never stop making and improving your outstanding tactical equipment.