J.T. Parker knows you're never too young or too small to be a hero. The 9-year-old was honored on March 3 by the American Red Cross as one of its 11 "East Idaho Real Heroes" of 2017.
J.T. was chosen to receive the special recognition for rescuing his dad, Stephen Parker, last year after he became trapped underneath a car. J.T. was just 8 years old at the time of the rescue.
The incident occurred when J.T. was outside with his now 18-year-old brother, Mason, and his dad. They were working on a car in their backyard when Mason went inside to tend to a cut finger. Meanwhile, Stephen was attempting to adjust the car's axle, but the vehicle suddenly fell on top of him.
Stephen explained to Inside Edition that he was initially hesitant to yell to J.T. for help because he didn't want to upset his son if he wasn't able — especially because it took both Parker and Mason to jack up the car in the first place.
Eventually, Parker called to his young son to help. He told East Idaho News, "I yelled to J.T. on the other side of the car, 'Jack it up quick! Jack it up quick!'" he added "I couldn't move at all. I was totally trapped, and then I passed out. It was all in his hands, and I thought, 'This is it. There's no way he can jack up this car because it took my 17-year-old son and I both to jack it up the first time.' "
J.T. adjusted the jack and started to jump up and down on it. Miraculously, he was able to move it despite only weighing about 50 lbs.
It took J.T. approximately 15 minutes of jumping on the jack to raise it enough to free his father. Once it was raised, J.T. ran to get his brother and they called 911.
Their father had to be taken away by a medical helicopter as he was in critical condition. After being taken to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, they reported that he had broken 13 ribs, but suffered no other internal damage.
Parker told East Idaho News that he does not remember anything about J.T. lifting the car up, he only remembers feeling "at peace." J.T., on the other hand, remembers it perfectly. "It was scary, and I didn't think that I could jack the car up, but I just kept on trying," he explained.
When asked why he was able to free his father that day, J.T. states that he believes his strength came from "angels."
A week following, Parker and his wife recorded a video of J.T. attempting to jack up the car again. This time, he wasn't able to do it.
Even his father believes something special gave J.T. the strength to free him that day.
"We believe my grandpa, who passed on, and my sister who died were helping him," Parker elaborated.
Yahoo reported that Parker said, "I was like, 'How could this happen?' I was like it had to be help from above. It made me realize that we are not alone. There is a higher power taking care of us and watching over us."
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