Human Interest

Body camera footage shows a deputy in Virginia single-handedly lifted an overturned car to free a woman trapped underneath.

In the body cam recording that the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office shared Tuesday on Facebook, Deputy Jon Holt can be heard pulling over in his patrol vehicle and telling dispatch that the car is “flipped upside down.”

The Sheriff’s Office wrote in their post, “The Gloucester Sheriff’s Office would like to again recognize Deputy J. Holt on another unbelievable incident that occurred on May 7, 2021.” Holt responded to an overturned vehicle with an entrapment — the driver was “laying underneath the vehicle with her head pinned by the sunroof,” the post read. “Seeing the trauma her child was witnessing, Deputy J. Holt went into overdrive.”

“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.”

The one-minute clip at the scene of the accident on May 7 shows Holt running up to the vehicle where one child is screaming that his mother is stuck. The deputy helps another smaller child out of the car, and then he can be heard groaning as he lifts the vehicle.

Hundreds of people have thanked Holt for his service and have called him a hero on the social media post. Last year, Holt earned local and regional Top Cop Awards for his commitment to public safety after saving the lives of two people from a burning house.

“You know I’m just average cop and you know it’s what we do.” Holt told WVEC-TV.

The sheriff’s office didn’t identify the driver, but the deputy said she’s doing well.

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