Acts of Kindness
Teen girl sees dad pinned under burning truck and uses ‘superhuman strength’ to save him
There wasn't a moment to spare, so Charlotte flew into hero mode.
Cherie Gozon
12.29.22

Do you know that superheroes and superpowers are real?

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Okay, not totally. At least not the ones we see in films or comic books.

But hear me out because this story will make you believe that we can go into “beast mode” when the time calls for it, and we can harness our “true power” when we see someone that needs help.

A teenager from Northern Virginia channeled her superhuman strength to save her father.

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Nineteen-year-old woman Charlotte Heffelmire was at the right place at the right time to save her father stuck under their vehicle in the garage.

She didn’t hear any noise or commotion to prompt her to go there.

She only intended to head to the garage because she wanted to get something – and that’s when she saw the most horrifying scene.

Her father was under a truck, and their garage was on fire.

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Eric Heffelmire recalled the incident that happened in a snap.

He said he was working underneath a pickup truck in their garage when one of the jacks he used to lift the vehicle suddenly slipped.

The car pinned him and he was stuck underneath it. It also caused gasoline to spill from the truck, setting the garage on fire.

Charlotte went full-on beast mode and harnessed her superhuman strength.

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She lifted the car twice to free her father and brought him to safety.

Then, she went in the truck and drove it out of the garage to spare the rest of their home.

Finally, she sprinted inside their house to tell everyone to move out because of the fire.

She also sprayed some water in their place while waiting for the fire department to arrive.

Superhuman, isn’t it? However, this remained such a blur for Charlotte and Eric.

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“It’s still pretty fuzzy for me. The one thing I do remember is that (the) first time that she tried to move the car, I felt the weight shift a bit. The next thing I remember was when I was kind of regaining my bearings outside after she had gotten me out of the garage,” Eric told Fox & Friends.

The Fairfax County Fire Department recognized Charlotte’s heroic act.

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They presented the Citizen Life Saving Award to her in front of her family and the rest of the fire department.

The department recognized how her quick thinking and actions saved her family and their home.

However, Charlotte said she didn’t feel like she did anything special or heroic.

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She was quick to shun any recognition because when it happened, she felt like she was only lifting a piece of paper. Her instincts – and adrenaline – pushed her to do what was needed, given the predicament.

Her adrenaline gave her the superstrength she needed that day.

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Adrenaline rush or hysterical strength is our body’s reaction towards emergencies and dangerous situations.

During these moments, our adrenaline hormone levels would rise, making our heart and lungs work faster.

This sends more oxygen to major muscle groups, especially those where you need it most, in Charlotte’s case, her arms.

Watch the full story of how Charlotte’s “superstrength” power saved the day in the video below.

By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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