Watch: Va. LEO single-handedly lifts car off trapped woman

Through "sheer will and determination" the deputy was able to physically lift the vehicle


By Suzie Ziegler 

GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia deputy was commended for his grace – and strength – under pressure after he saved a woman pinned beneath her car earlier this month. 

According to the Gloucester County Sheriff Office, bodycam video released Tuesday shows the deputy physically lifting the vehicle up to save the driver. At the scene, Deputy J. Holt found an overturned vehicle and saw that the driver’s head was pinned beneath the sunroof. The driver’s child was running around in distress crying for help.  

“Seeing the trauma her child was witnessing, Deputy J. Holt went into overdrive,” the agency said. “Through sheer will and determination” Holt was then able to “physically lift the vehicle.”

The sheriff’s office shared the following bodycam video of the incident.

Deputy J. Holt recently accepted both the local and regional Top Cop Awards from the Greater Hampton Roads Regional Crime Line on February 2, 2021 for his commitment to public safety after saving the lives of 2 individuals from a burning house on the afternoon of March 24, 2020.

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