You hear a lot about people ignoring other people who are in trouble. Fortunately, I think those people are in the minority. Most people help. And some go to extremes to help. People who jump onto train tracks to save strangers. A neighbor who breaks down a door to help a woman held captive. We are always fascinated and heartened by hero stories. Add police officer Steven Nunez to the gallery of heroes. Nunez saw a car overturned on a highway in New Mexico and he stopped to see how he could help. To his shock and dismay, the officer saw a little girl pinned in the wreck. "We could kneel down and see her and actually touch her," Officer Nunez told a local TV station. The little girl, who is 8 years old, was unconscious and lying face down under the car -- but it wasn't just any car. It was a large, unbelievably heavy SUV. And time was running out for her.
Four other passersby also came to help. None of them had any tools but then miraculously one of the men appeared with a jack. They tried to use the jack to lift the SUV off the car, but it wasn't working.
That's when everyone realized they would need to try to lift the SUV themselves. A car of that make can weigh anywhere from 2,000 to 8,000 pounds. But a little girl's life depended on it. She had already stopped breathing once.
So they all got together and were able to roll the car off the girl. She was then airlifted to the hospital.
You hear those stories about people lifting cars off other people and it's been shown that adrenaline can increase your strength dramatically. I know this from personal experience, as I once tore a window and frame bolted into the side of a house completely out when I was trying to rescue relatives from a fire. There's absolutely no way I could have done that under ordinary conditions. I'm still not sure how I managed it. The firemen who showed up were also astonished. So I'm sure their adrenaline gave them some strength.
Thank god this cop happened to be passing by -- and also that four other people cared enough to stop and try to help. Said Nunez:
I do like to thank the bystanders. Without them I could not have completed this alone.
It takes a village to raise a child -- and raise a car off a child. Hopefully the little girl will be okay.
The entire heroic scene was caught on Nunez's dashboard cam.
Have you ever performed a feat of strength in an emergency?
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