Tyler Beddoes is one of the four cops with the Spanish Fork Police Department in Spanish Fork, Utah, who reported hearing a mysterious voice seemingly coming from a vehicle that they found submerged in a frigid river last year — a voice that urgently implored them to "help."
When Beddoes and his fellow policemen reached the car — assuming that the pleas were coming from inside of the vehicle — it quickly became clear that Lynn Groesbeck, the adult woman inside, had been deceased for quite some time.
In the backseat, though, her 18-month-old daughter, Lily, was still alive, but in critical condition — a miracle considering that she had been sitting in the partially submerged vehicle for around 14 hours at the time.
Lily survived the March 2015 accident, but, to date, there is no definitive explanation regarding the source of the voice that reportedly said, "Help me," with Beddoes telling The Church Boyspodcast that he believes it was an angel who was guiding his team to the car.
"For me it's easy to say .... the only explanation for that voice would have been an angel," he said. "I can say that it's 100 percent it's an angel that day that helped me."
Listen to Beddoes explain his experience below:
Both Beddoes and his co-author Ptolemy Tompkins also discuss the incident in detail in their new book "Proof of Angels," with both authors saying that they are certain that the rescue involved divine intervention.
And Tompkins, who has authored numerous books about spirituality and related themes, discussed the fascinating and unlikely way that he came to work on "Proof of Angels" with Beddoes.
He recalled speaking with his wife one day about the dramatic rescue story after a magazine that she works for decided not to cover it. At the time, Tomkins and Beddoes didn't yet know one another.
After learning more about what had happened at the river in Utah that day, Tompins said that he felt that it was an "amazing story." Then, an hour later something fascinating happened.
"It was about an hour after [my wife called to tell me about it] that I got a call from Jen at this literary agency," he said. "[And she] said, 'We've got one of those policemen there and we think maybe there's a book [here].'"
And from there, the project took form. The rescue and the book project have entirely and collectively transformed Beddoes' faith. At the time of the accident in March 2015, Beddoes, who is a Mormon, said that he was struggling and questioning God after working on a tough homicide case. Now, things are quite different.
"It's been remarkable ... since then that things just changed for me," he told The Church Boys. "I don't doubt God anymore and I look at the positives in life. I was so focused on negatives. I think that it was eating me alive."
Listen to Beddoes go into more detail about the dramatic rescue below:
As for his personal belief that angels are a reality, Tomkins pointed to the plethora of claims from people across the globe.
"People see [angels] all the time. If I were asked, 'What do I think is the most convincing angel experience?' I would answer, 'It's the experience your uncle Harry had that he's never told you about,'" he said. "If you throw a rock you will find somebody who knows somebody who had something strange happen one day when they were stuck in a very dangerous part of a highway and there was nobody around — and somebody showed up and changed the tire and left."
Beddoes is hoping that "Proof of Angels" will help others who might be in a tough situation or a "dark spot," as he said that he was at the time of the rescue, to find hope and to realize that "there's a God out there."
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