Teen Girl Lifts A Burning Truck To Save Her Dad, Then Saved Her Entire Family.
They say that in moments of crisis, it's shocking what the human body can do when adrenaline is released. That might be what allowed 19-year-old Charlotte Heffelmire to save her father's life, after he was accidentally pinned beneath his truck.
Eric Heffelmire was working on his truck in the garage when the tire jack slipped and the worst case scenario unfolded. "The minute the jack slipped, there was an almost instantaneous, real strong smell of gasoline, and then just, whoosh!" he said in an interview. Within moments, the propane tanks in the garage had caught fire. He struggled for 10 minutes to get out from under the truck, but he realized that he simply couldn't get out on his own.
Luckily, that's when his daughter showed up.
Miraculously, she was able to lift the truck off of her father. "I felt the weight shift, and I said, 'You almost got it,' and then it was just UGHHHHHHRRR, and suddenly I'm pulled out," Eric Heffelmire said.
How a 19-year-old girl found the strength to lift something like this is a mystery, but her father's life was spared because she did.
The elder Heffelmire explained that after he was safely out from underneath the truck, his daughter had the presence of mind to get behind the wheel and move it out of the garage, just in case the truck would explode. She then grabbed the hose and sprayed down the house until help arrived.
Charlotte was honored by the local fire department for her efforts, and she says that she plans to go into public service one day. If this rescue effort was any indication, she'll have no problem helping people in need.