- A teenager from Virginia managed to lift a GMC truck to save her trapped father underneath
- After saving her dad, she also drove the burning truck out of the garage in three wheels
- She was cited for her heroism and was awarded the Citizen Lifesaving Award
A 19-year-old woman is being hailed a local hero for saving her father who was trapped underneath a pick-up truck inside the garage in their home in Vienna in Virginia. The incident reportedly happened last November.
Not only did Charlotte Heffelmire manage to lift the vehicle twice after summoning ‘superhuman strength’ so her dad can get out, she also drove the pick-up out of their garage in its three wheels.
The former high school pole vaulter was cited by Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department in Virginia for her heroism and was handed the Citizen Lifesaving Award.
The incident took place last November 28 while her dad Eric was working on his GMC truck and one of the jacks slipped; trapping him underneath the car.
“The minute the jack slipped, there was an almost instantaneous, real strong smell of gasoline, and then just, whoosh!” the elder Heffelmire told local media.
It only took a few seconds before a fire was ignited and started to creep through the garage where some propane tanks are stored.
After struggling for almost ten minutes, his daughter, who stands 5 feet 6 inches and weighs 120 pounds, barged into the garage barefooted and opened the door. She then lifted the vehicle twice to give her father some room to wiggle out. (Click here to read more)