Everyday Heroes

Teen Lifts 3,000 Pound Car, Saves His Neighbor's Life

People are calling him a hero but he says he's just glad he was there to help.


Zac Clark is a strong guy, He plays high school football after all. But even he had no idea of his own strength until it came down to saving his neighbor's life.

Over the weekend, Zac and his mother were ouside working in their yard in the town of Butler, OH, about an hour northeast of Columbus. Suddenly they heard screams from their neighbor's house. The Mansfield News Journal reports , their neighbor, a young father, was working under his car when it slipped off the jack stand and was crushing his chest and head. "I turned around and saw him struggling," Clark told the News Journal. "Instincts kicked in and I just ran over there, and I just thought I had to get the car off him."

Indeed, somehow 16-year old Zac was able to lift the 3,000 pound car off his neighbor just enough for Zac's mother and the man's wife to pull him out from under the car. He had a couple of cracked ribs and his face was messed up pretty bad, but the doctors told him if I wasn't there then he'd be dead," Zac told Fox-8 Cleveland's Suzanne Stratford (pictured with him, at practice, above).

"I just thank God for putting me in the position and giving me the strength to do that."

Zac's getting lots of attention and praise for what he did. His football coach Dave Carroll (the first person Zac phoned after the amublance left) called him a real life hero on the Clear Fork Colts football team Facebook page. It's been seen and shared by tens of thousands of people.

Zac is pretty humble about the whole thing. "The first thing that came to my mind was to get over there, do what I can do and do anything I can to help," he told the News Journal. Coach Carroll thinks Zac's actions are more than that. "In a world of bad news every minute, to hear a young man do something like that when young people take a bad rap in today's society, it is just awesome."

Zac and his coach. (Source: Fox Cleveland)

We agree with Coach Carroll's sentiment!

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