Terry Bartley is no stranger to sweating as he works as a hauler and plays semi-pro football on the side.
But the Greensboro, North Carolina father couldn’t bear the sweat he worked up in just 10 minutes in the back of a hot car on a sweltering day.
Bartley, 33, made a YouTube video of himself sweating in his car, with the windows up, to give viewers a feeling of what it’s like for a child or pet left inside a vehicle on a hot summer’s day.
The video has more than 1.1 million views.
“I’m glad to be a part of spreading the word,” Bartley said in a telephone interview. “I’m very thankful I got a lot of love and support.”
It was inspired by the death of 22-month-old Cooper Harris of Georgia, who died after he was left in an SUV near Atlanta on June 18, in 32C temperatures.
Cooper’s father, Justin Ross Harris, 33, has pleaded not guilty to felony murder and cruelty to a child in the second degree, saying it was an accident.
In Bartley’s video, posted on YouTube, he said the heat in the back of his car made him feel like he could hardly breathe.
He compared the feeling to being trapped in a microwave.
His goal, he said, was to raise awareness for adults leaving children and pets unattended in a car.
Meanwhile in Vaughan, York Regional Police reported they removed a one-year-old child from a hot parked car on Sunday.
The windows had been left open a few centimetres but the temperature was more than 30C, police said. The 42-year-old father of the child has been charged under the Child and Family Services Act with Leaving a Child Unattended.