A Virginia girl was relaxing inside her home when she was startled by loud groaning noises coming from her garage. She slowly crept toward the door and peeked out to see what was going on. What she saw made her take off running.
Charlotte Heffelmire, 19, was inside her home in Vienna, Virgina with her grandmother and baby niece when the quiet of the afternoon was interrupted. The large garage door had been left open, but never did she expect to find what she did outside or just how prepared she was for it.
According to NBCWashington, Charlotte’s father, Eric Hefflemire, was working on his GMC truck at the home when the jack holding it up slipped, and the massive vehicle fell down on top of him. As soon as he was crushed by the car and realized he was still alive, he was overwhelmed by the smell of gasoline, which was made worse when it caught on fire. Knowing only his daughter, an aging woman, and a baby was inside the home, he didn’t know how or if he would get life-saving help.
To make matters more urgent, there was a row of propane cans nearby in the garage, which became balls of fire within seconds when the blaze billowed out from the truck. That’s when he heard the door from the house open up and saw Charlotte’s bare feet.
Without hesitation, the teen ran to her father’s rescue, and with superhuman strength, she managed to lift the big truck off her dad. But she wasn’t done there.
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 recalled of his daughter’s courageous move to the news station.
With the truck off her father, the alert 120-pound hero realized that the gas tank on the ride could explode and set the whole house on fire with her other family members still inside. She hopped into the truck and reversed it out into the street, before running back to the garage and spraying it down with the garden hose until firefighters could get there.
Charlotte kept everyone safe, despite suffering burns to her hands and feet, along with a back injury from lifting the truck, but she’s just happy everyone is alive, as she recovers at home as a hero to her family. She’s since been awarded for her incredible efforts, receiving a Citizen Lifesaving Award this past Thursday for the November 28 rescue.
The soft-spoken teen attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and can’t return after her back injury, but she is still dedicated to serving. “If I can’t do any of the military branches, then probably just intelligence or government work,” Charlotte said. “Right now, I’m just healing up and making sure the family is OK.”
This girl is the picture of an honorable human being, and it’s no surprise she wants to serve our country no matter what. She’s proven to be selfless and strong, and she is a credit to her generation of entitled counterparts.