Parenthood
9-year-old boy tells how he found strength to lift vehicle off of trapped dad
J.T. didn’t think he was strong enough to help his dad but he knew he had to keep trying. That’s when he got the miracle he needed. 💗🙌
Jaclyn Abergas
03.31.23

A young boy saved his father from being crushed to death through the help of his “angels.”

Stephen Parker was working on a Toyota Prius with his 17-year-old son, Mason, and his 9-year-old son, J.T.

“We were pulling the engine out of the car, and after we got it jacked up, I climbed under there to take the axles off,” Stephen recalled. “The one axle came off pretty easily, but the other side wasn’t coming off.”

That’s when it happened.

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Stephen attempted to adjust the second axle and move the car.

The car fell on him.

The father-of-two was unable to breathe and he tried to shout to J.T. to jack up the car quickly.

Stephen couldn’t move and moments before he passed out he thought there was no way J.T. was going to jack up the car.

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After all, the first time around, Stephen needed Mason’s help to jack up the car.

J.T. was his only hope.

Mason had gone inside just a few minutes earlier to treat the cut on his hand. Stephen’s wife, Jodi, was out of the house, picking up relatives.

It was really up to J.T. to help his father.

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As soon as he saw his father trapped under the car, J.T. sprang into action.

He only weighs 50 lbs.

But J.T. knew he had to try to save his father. J.T. adjusted the jack and jumped up and down on the handle.

He did this for 15 minutes before the car was finally lifted.

“It was scary, and I didn’t think that I could jack the car up, but I just kept on trying,” J.T. shared.

J.T. then ran inside the house to get his brother to call 911.

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Stephen didn’t remember much about the incident.

“All I remember is I felt peace,” Stephen said. “I remember seeing white, like a nice happy day. The clouds were going by, and everything was happy and peaceful.”

Mason was on the phone with 911 when he kept telling his dad to keep breathing.

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Stephen said he couldn’t do it.

While the boys were trying to keep their father alive, Jodi arrived and saw her husband under the car. She was shocked and didn’t know what to do.

Thankfully, a medical helicopter arrived soon after and Stephen was flown to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

They did a lot of tests on him, including MRIs, and EKGs and all they found were 13 broken ribs.

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There was no internal damage- a miracle.

When Stephen went back home, they asked J.T. if he could lift the car up again with the jack.

J.T. couldn’t pull it off a second time. Reporters asked J.T. where his strength came from and he had only one answer.

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“Angels.”

“We believe my grandpa, who passed on, and my sister who died were helping him,” Stephen said.

The American Red Cross of Greater Idaho has included J.T. in their list of 11 “East Idaho Real Heroes” that year.

Stephen and Jodi are very proud of their son and the way he handled the situation.

They also agree that there was something bigger than them that took place at that moment.

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“This whole thing is a miracle. There’s no other way to describe it,” Jodi explained. “There’s no way that little boy could have done that. I just felt that it was a responsibility we now have to tell people that miracles still exist.”

Hear J.T. recall the moments that made him a hero in the video below!

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By Jaclyn Abergas
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Jaclyn Abergas is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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