Tony Calvillo had no idea that the knife he bought on an impulse during a routine holiday shopping trip would become so crucial later that day, when eight-month-old Ryder Lockwood’s heart stopped beating in the overturned car he was trapped in.
A volunteer search-and-rescue pilot and ordained reverend, Calvillo had been shopping for fishing supplies with his 8-year-old son when he was compelled to purchase a knife as well. “The funny part is I don’t really carry or use a knife, but for some reason I just felt like I needed to have a knife, and that was what I used to break the window,” Calvillo told the Fresno Bee.
Minutes after leaving the store on Wednesday, Calvillo came upon the Lockwood family, dazed and trapped in their overturned car. He used the brand-new knife to smash the windows, and cut the seatbelts of two-year-old Aubreanna and five-year-old Preston. Luckily, both children were unharmed, save a few minor scrapes and bruises. But when he extracted Ryder from his carseat, it was clear that he wasn’t so lucky. In a matter of seconds, Ryder stopped crying and went cold and stiff. Calvillo immediately started chest compressions, which briefly revived him.
Mike Spicer, a retired California Patrol Officer, arrived on the scene just in time to watch Ryder go cold again. Spicer, no stranger to Highway disasters, lowered the infant into the bed of his truck and began chest compressions again. Miraculously, within a minute Ryder was back – by the time he was taken to the hospital he was smiling and laughing. Doctors said the infant did not suffer any complications as a result of the accident.
Knife Featured in Image: Benchmade Triage 915