A police officer is being hailed as a hero after bodycam video was shared of him single-handedly lifting an overturned car off of a woman as her child screamed for help nearby.

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The incident occurred on May 7 in Virginia, according to KPRC-TV when Deputy Jon Holt was responding to a report of an overturned vehicle according to a statement from the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office. The video was released by authorities on May 18.

“The driver was laying underneath the vehicle with her head pinned by the sunroof,” the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office statement read. “Seeing the trauma her child was witnessing, Deputy J. Holt went into overdrive.”

Authorities shared a portion of Deputy Holt’s body camera footage that showed the ordeal as the officer can be seen arriving on site and sprinting towards the accident.

A child can be seen inside the vehicle crying and pleading with the officer to help their mother.

“She can’t breathe. She can’t breathe. Please help,” the child cries out to the officer in the footage shared by the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Department.

Officer Holt can then be heard saying, “she is trapped under the vehicle. I can’t get it off,” before asking the child to get out of  car as the screen goes dark and the Deputy can be heard straining and groaning as he attempts to single-handedly lift the car off of the woman.

“Through sheer will and determination due to fearing the female may succumb to her circumstance in front of her panic-stricken child, Deputy J. Holt took quick action and was able to physically lift the vehicle up enough for the driver to maneuver her head out to safety,” read the statement from the Sheriff’s Office describing the miraculous and heroic act.

What the Deputy experienced is referred to an "Hysterical Strength". Physicians believe that the adrenaline that floods the system causes an extra boost to the muscles, allowing people to be stronger. ... And while the adrenaline fueled fight-or-flight reflex spurs people into action, the body's entire stress response contributes to superhuman strength.


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