Two Oregon teenage sisters are credited with saving their father’s life earlier this month when they rescued him from beneath an overturned tractor by somehow lifting up the 3,000-pound machine.
A freak mishap left Jeff Smith, 36, screaming for help and gasping for air underneath the 1940s-era tractor. While trying to remove a stump from his garden on April 1, his muddy boot slipped off the clutch and the machine flipped. The steering wheel was pinning Smith to the dirt and pressing into his chest.
"I was losing more and more breath every time I screamed," Smith told the Albany Democrat-Herald
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Smith's daughters Hannah, 16, and Haylee, 14, heard his cries as they were walking the dog shortly after arriving home from school.
"We heard, 'Save me. Help me, God,'" eighth-grader Haylee told the newspaper.
The sisters called 911, then raced to the tractor which they somehow lifted enough to ease the pressure on Smith's torso. The girls then tried to dig their father’s arm out, but hit compacted dirt.
Hannah went for help and found a neighbor who used his own tractor and its shovel to complete the rescue.
But Hannah and Haylee were vital first responders.
"If these two hadn't have been here to hear me…" Jeff Smith said. "They saved my life."
Smith was later treated for a broken left wrist and other injuries, including compression wounds on his arm.
Hannah said she was sore the next day, and Haylee said she pulled a muscle in her leg lifting the red tractor, which the family has now named “Satan.”
Local paramedic Nick Tyler, who responded to the 911 call, said the teens gained valuable time for their father, noting there aren’t many stories regarding people doing such amazing things.
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“They are few and far between, especially extraordinary situations like this,” Tyler told the newspaper. “But I’ve never seen two young girls lift a tractor off anybody before.”
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