When a woman spotted a little boy in a burning pickup truck at Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, she acted quickly to help save him from flames shooting out of the vehicle.
Her actions ultimately helped save the boy’s life on Sunday, but Good Samaritan Tequila Isaacson may now face burglary charges for shattering a store window to access a fire extinguisher in the desperate frenzy to save the child.
“I’m in absolute shock,” Isaacson, 34, told KOMO News.
The blazing truck was parked near a Washington State Department of Transportation restroom. Next door, Isaacson spotted a Red Mountain Coffee shop, which had a fire extinguisher inside.
“We turned around and the whole vehicle was on fire,” she told the news station. “There were flames shooting between the cab and the bed of the truck – taller than the truck.”
The boy’s parents tried desperately to get the child out of the vehicle while another man called 9-1-1.
Meanwhile, Isaacson had spotted a fire extinguisher in the coffee shop, but the doors were locked.
“I ran back around from where the glass door was, and I pulled a post out of the bed of my truck and hit the door to get to the fire extinguisher,” she explained.
When first responders arrived, Isaacson admitted she had broken the glass to save the child.
But, she said, she was shocked by what a Washington State Patrol Trooper told her.
“He was telling me that using a fire extinguisher that doesn’t belong to me is theft, and you’re not allowed to steal it, no matter how good your intentions,” Isaacson told KOMO News.
The trooper even ordered her to pay for the broken glass or she would face charges, she claims.
“He outright stated that unless I was willing to pay for it right then and there, he would be charging me with burglary,” Isaacson said.
Isaacson’s biggest fear, she said, is that the truck would explode with the child inside. And she acted instinctually to prevent that from happening until firefighters arrived.
“Talk about no good deed goes unpunished,” she said.
The Washington State Patrol confirmed to Komo News that the trooper discussed consequences with Isaacson for her actions. As of this report, no charges had been filed.
Washington State Patrol also told the news agency it will look into how the situation was handled. A spokesperson said officials are grateful for Isaacson’s courageous actions to save the boy.