December 29, 1996 in Nation/World

Kids Pull Car Off Man’s Chest ‘I Feel Like A Mighty Hero,’ 8-Year-Old Boy Says

Associated Press

When Gary Lewis’ car collapsed onto his chest while he was changing the transmission, the only people around to hear his cries for help were five skinny youngsters.

Together, the four boys and a girl - ranging in age from 8 to 13 - were able to lift the compact Ford Festiva just enough to allow Lewis to slide free. He emerged with bruises and scrapes and did not require hospitalization.

“They’re my heroes. I don’t know how they did it,” Lewis said of Friday’s rescue. “But if they hadn’t gotten that car off me when they did, I wouldn’t be talking to you right now.”

After hearing Lewis, 33, cry for help, Raymond Brown III, 13; Omar Turner, 10; Gordon Stevens, 9; Tamika Brown, 9; and 8-year-old Sorl “Shugey” Shead came to the rescue.

“I ran into my house and told my mom to call 911,” said Raymond. Then he led his friends over the backyard fence and across the alley to Lewis.

“They definitely saved my life because I was losing breath fast,” he said.

And what was it that gave the youngsters such a Popeyelike burst of strength?

“I drink milk,” Shugey replied.

“I drink milk, too, and I eat cheese,” Tamika said.

Shugey flexed his 8-year-old biceps and said, “I feel like a mighty hero.”

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