Thanks to one brave girl “with super-human strength,” her father is alive after a truck that collapsed on him and caught fire. The Virginia teen aka Wonder Woman is being hailed a hero for her life-saving act.
Charlotte Heffelmire, 19, stands about 5-foot-6. Ordinarily, a person of that size is not imposing — and being powerful at that height of any gender is not what you’d think of that person (as far as lifting vehicles are concerned).
However, Charlotte didn’t let that stop her from pulling off a heroic act — one for the history books.
While her father, Eric, worked in the garage of their home, things suddenly took a near-fatal turn. Dad was doctoring underneath his GMC when the truck’s jack gave way, which caused the vehicle to fall. He was suddenly pinned underneath the pickup, and to make matters worse; a fire started from leaking fuel.
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Fearing for her father’s life, a bare-foot Charlotte attempted the unthinkable: lifting the truck. Without any time to waste, the teenager, apparently, boosted by adrenaline, lifted the truck high enough to free her father, as he explained to local media.
“We had a bunch of propane containers, and they were cooking off – just fireballs.
“I felt the weight shift, and I said, ‘You almost got it,’ and then it was just UGHHHHHHRRR, and suddenly I’m pulled out.”
After lifting the truck, Charlotte drove the fiery vehicle away from the home to prevent it from spreading. She even doused the home with water until firefighters arrived on the scene.
According to Scientific American, what the young woman did was an example of the body’s super capabilities. As shocking as it seems, all humans have the means to display enormous strength over a short-term. It’s the classic flight or fight syndrome.
“Under acute stress, the body’s sympathetic nervous system prepares the body for sustained, vigorous action. The adrenal gland dumps cortisol and adrenaline into the blood stream. Blood pressure surges and the heart races, delivering oxygen and energy to the muscles. It’s the biological equivalent of opening the throttle of an engine.”
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Thanks to Charlotte’s quick thinking, her three-month-old niece and grandmother escaped the home in time. Locals recognized her heroism with an individual honor. The Fairfax County Fire Department presented “Wonder Woman” with the Citizen Lifesaving Award.