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Kansas City firefighters rescue boy from sinking car; couple credited with life-saving actions

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A young boy was rescued by emergency responders on Monday afternoon after a car submerged into Brush Creek. 

According to Kansas City police, officers were called to the scene at 4725 Prospect Avenue on an accident. 

Police say a child inside a running vehicle knocked it into gear, causing the car to roll down the hill and into the creek. 

Fire crews raced to the scene and rescued the child from the vehicle. The boy suffered just minor injuries. 

A couple in the area saw the car in water and knew a fire station was just half a mile away, so they rushed there.

They did not know how important that decision was until they saw it on the news later in the day. 

“Brings chills to my body to think about what could have happened," Linda Brown said. 

She had no idea anyone was in the car when she spotted it from the passenger window while her husband was driving.

At that point, there were no rescue crews, no bystanders, just a car sinking quickly.

“It was just so weird to see a car submerging into the water," Brown said. "It’s like, somebody should know about this.”

Their effort to flag down this fire crew at a fire station just half a mile away came just in time.

Fire officials say the timing was life-saving.

“A matter of minutes would have made a difference between life and death," said Deputy Chief James Garrett. 

Michael Taylor’s 3-year-old grandson attends the same daycare.

“When I park on a hill like that, I always put my emergency brake on and they’re always asking me, ‘Why do you put that brake on?’ Stuff like this happening.”

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