First responder talks about rescue of toddler from Spanish Fork River

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SPANISH FORK, Utah -- Many are calling it a miracle that an 18-month-old baby girl survived 14 hours suspended upside down in her car seat in the Spanish Fork River.

FOX 13 spoke with an officer Tyler Beddoes who was one of the first on scene Saturday after police were called about a car that crashed into the river.

"We heard a voice. A distinct voice. It wasn't thinking, we actually heard someone say, 'Help me, help me now' that kind of stuff," Beddoes said.

Beddoes and three other officers jumped into action and raced against time to save whoever was still alive inside the car.

"Something was there and that pushed us harder. When we heard that voice, to us it was somebody's alive in that car let's get in there and get them out so anything we could do to get inside that car we tried to do," Beddoes recalled.

They were able to flip the car over, only to see Lily unconscious and strapped in her car seat. Who, or where, the voice came from is still a mystery.

"We all together said, 'Yes we heard that same voice' so when we really talked it about it, it was then that it kicked in that the mom was obviously deceased when the car flipped over and the baby was unconscious at the time so for us it was just processing, still processing, what occurred and what happened," Beddoes said.

Baby Lily continues to recover at Primary Children's Hospital where family and friends say she's doing extremely well, even singing songs.

The family has a Go Fund Me page. To donate, click here


  • H8bob

    I don’t want to cause a fight. But when people praise a higher power or say this is so and so’s plan. How does it fit into a plan that an innocent child lose their parent? Wouldn’t she be better off not having gone through this at all?


        There will alway be those who won’t believe if they see or touch something. That doesn’t make them right.

    • Lillith Avonlea

      If the human race was to live in constant cradle of no trials then the fall from the garden wouldn’t have happened.

      The balance of good and evil is necessary for the free agency plan. Of course, the randomness of non-God views of life wouldn’t dig this.

      God sees things differently than man does and does use harsh things to move masses on Shakespeare’s stage.

      Pride is the universal sin meaning it drives us all.

  • Victoria

    Don’t you know who’s voice it was? She survived 14 hours, not by chance. God has big plans for her.

  • Cory

    Hang on, so they didn’t know the baby was in the backseat and NOT in the water until they flipped the car over submerging it in water and thereby actually submerging the girl in the river? Why would they flip the car over BEFORE checking to see if anybody was in the back seat? It sounds more to me like these guys flipped the car over, realized somebody was in the back seat, now underwater, and had to scramble to save her…..


      For the same reason that Sen. Ted Kennedy left Mary Jo Kopechne in his car under the bridge and waited until the next morning to cal the police.

    • Lillith Avonlea

      Why? They were the human part of the miracle. No one can account for everything that people can’t “see”. Get in tune or on the same eternal frequency of the angels? IDK, just that the Bible often talks of those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

      Everybody out of step but me?

    • Ericov

      The bodycam footage from the cop has been released. They knew someone was in there before they flipped it, as they got down and looked in. Also, “the voice” they heard was probably the man who was standing at the vehicle before the police even got to the car. You can see him at the car as the cops are running to the scene. This man, in a checkered shirt, even helped them flip the car. But the cops aren’t mentioning him at all.

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