He found the baby near a line of trees by Interstate 40, east of Radio Road.
Somehow, the infant was still alive, even after a tornado had sucked the child out of a car.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper called for help, and help tried to come, fighting through thousands of cars clogging Oklahoma's highways.
His patrol car was out of commission, its windows busted, too damaged from the storm to go anywhere.
He sat with the baby, waiting.
That baby died in the trooper's arms.
“That kind of stuff sticks with you for a while,” patrol spokeswoman Betsy Randolph said.
At least eight of the 18 people who died in Friday's storms were in their vehicles, and questions are being asked whether bad advice led people to flee by car — turning interstates into parking lots — rather than to seek shelter in their homes.
Moore resident Sherri Gambill was one of the many Oklahoma residents who spent hours on Oklahoma's interstates, highways and country roads.
It was about 6 p.m. Friday when Gambill decided she did not want to stay in her house a minute longer.
Gambill and her husband, Gary, have lived in their home for 40 years and have lived through several close calls with tornadoes.
On May 20, Gambill sought shelter in the basement of a friend's workplace.
When she walked out of the shelter that day, she realized she was in the heart of the destruction. On Friday she was hyperventilating and felt she had to get on the road.
Gambill, her husband and daughter headed toward Purcell and took a 100-mile roundtrip to dodge the storm.
They got home at 11:30 p.m. and arrived at a home that didn't end up in the storm's path.“It was all the emotions and what I had gone through the week before, but it was also the news saying you need to be below ground or leave and get away from this storm,” Gambill said. “I don't say they were reckless — they weren't. I don't think they realized how many people were in an intense panic mode, and it was combined with rush hour traffic.”
“They” refers, in part, to KFOR-4 meteorologist Mike Morgan. On Friday, Morgan warned viewers that, if they were above ground, they needed to “go south.”
“You cannot be above ground in Yukon ... Go south,” he said during the live broadcast. “And you need to go now. And you need to be below ground. Interior closet or bathrooms, not going to do it.”
Since Friday, Morgan has caught fire on social media for his warning, with some people calling for his firing while others cheered the local meteorologist for helping people get out of the storm's path.
Former KOCO-5 meteorologist Rick Mitchell, who works in Dallas, sent a message out on Twitter, referencing the suggestion.
“Not to get on my soapbox, but we really need to address this new message of having to leave a storm's path in order to survive ...,” Mitchell tweeted Saturday morning.
KFOR released a statement on Monday that said the station would continue to encourage families to have a weather safety plan, for its objective to provide lifesaving information to its viewers.
“We are deeply saddened about the lives that were lost in the deadly storms that hit Friday night at rush hour and lasted into early Saturday,” the statement reads. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and loved ones. Many viewers have thanked us for providing hours of continuous coverage to keep their families safe. After every major storm, we review our coverage and the many things that make each weather event unique for the purpose of improving our coverage and our ability to forecast.”
Rick Smith, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Norman, told his family Friday they could not leave their house after 4 p.m. He didn't want them stuck in their cars during the storm.
That's because, during a tornado, a vehicle is one of the most dangerous places to be. And especially with a storm in a crowded metro area, there are so many factors that make it even more dangerous to be in your vehicle, Smith said.
“The vast majority of tornadoes are very survivable and fairly easily survivable if you abide by some very simple guidelines,” Smith said.
There's no good answer for what to do if a person is caught driving in the path of a tornado.
“If you are in your car, and there is a tornado, you're faced with some very, very scary and difficult choices and options, none of which are good, necessarily, and none of which are guaranteed to keep you safe,” Smith said.