Have you ever experienced superhuman strength? That tense moment when your adrenaline is pumping so hard and you could do just about anything?
19-year-old Charlotte Heffelmire did. And her powers couldn’t have come at a better time.
Heffelmire’s dad, Eric, was tinkering with his pickup truck in their garage recently, making some repairs from underneath. The truck was lifted and held up by a single jack. No stands or mounts were securing it.
And yes – any mechanic will agree that is a big no-no in automotive maintenance and safety.
For reasons that remain unclear, the jack holding up the truck slipped, causing the truck to crush Eric underneath. And as if that wasn’t enough, gasoline started leaking below and caught fire in the garage.
Heffelmire was still alive and conscious, trying to free himself from the truck for several minutes. But the weight was too much for him to move, and he knew it was only a matter of time before the fire engulfed the truck…and him.
Then like a scene from a movie, a hero came running through the garage door to help: his 120-pound barefoot daughter.
Charlotte Heffelmire, also an Air Force Academy cadet, assessed the situation and did the unthinkable. She grabbed the truck with both arms, and lifted it just enough for her dad to free himself.
Both of them now clear of the truck, you would think that’s where the story would end. But Charlotte had one more rescue to make – saving her house from the burning flames.
Without hesitation, she jumped in the driver’s seat of the truck, started it up, and floored it. With only three of its wheels on the ground, she was able to get the truck away from the house.
Charlotte then grabbed the nearest garden hose and began spraying the house. That is when firefighters finally arrived and took over.
Though Charlotte suffered burns to her feet and hands, as well as an injury to her back, her spirits remained high knowing she just saved the life of one of the most important men in her life.