Spanish Fork Police Officer writes about Baby Lily rescue, belief in angels

Posted at 6:29 PM, Feb 22, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY -- It has been nearly a year since a dramatic rescue when 18-month-old baby Lily Grosbeck was found hanging upside down, partially submerged in the icy waters of the Spanish Fork River.

Lily’s mom, Jennifer, died in the crash.

Now one of the four officers who responded to the scene released a book about the experience and how it made him believe angels exist.

“It’s something that replays in my head over and over again,” said Tyler Beddoes, Spanish Fork Police Officer and co-author of “Proof of Angels.”

The rescue changed Beddoes’ life.

On March 7, 2015, the partially submerged, overturned car was found 14 hours after it hit the icy waters in the Spanish Fork River.

“As we get into the river we hear an adult female voice that said, ‘help me help me,’” Beddoes said.

It was a cry for help all four responding officers say they heard. Beddoes said it was that distinct voice coming from the car that gave him proof of angels. After turning over the car the officers found a woman in the front seat

“She had been clearly deceased for hours,” Beddoes said.

Beddoes said they continued searching for the voice of the woman who made the cries for help.

“That's when I could see baby Lily was actually submerged underwater completely I could only see a little infant child,” Beddoes said.

Police say baby Lily had been upside down hanging from her car seat, partially submerged for hours. The toddler made a miraculously full recovery.

While Beddoes was applauded for rescuing her. He says she rescued him.

“I was in such a dark spot before this river rescue,” Beddoes said.

Beddoes put his experience into words in his book “Proof of Angels.”

“I believe it was an angel that guided us to Lily that day,” Beddoes said.

Beddoes said there's no other explanation.

“Now I see the possibilities in life and I know that God has a hand in these things and the angels are out there helping us,” he said.

Lily will get part of the profits from the sale of the book.

The book can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. See the links below.