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Mayukh Saha
Mayukh Saha
February 3, 2024 ·  3 min read

The Boy Miraculously Rescues His Father From Being Crushed By A Car And Says Angels Helped Him

It is not every day that one gets to save the life of someone that means a lot to them. And interestingly, we always think of angels helping us out. It could be all of us, but we would still be speaking of divine and providence. This is the story of an 8-year-old boy who managed to rescue his father, back in 2017. While that in itself would have been a commendable event, the boy claimed that angels had helped him. One could say that this was the trauma speaking- while yet another would say that this was his adrenaline. But far be it from us to discount the words of someone- just because they are a child. 

J. T., with his brother Mason
Image Credits: EastIdahoNews

The story begins with J.T. Parker, the 8-year-old in question, who was in the backyard with his brother Mason and their father, Stephen Parker. They were simply fiddling with their car when the accident took place on the 30th of July. Stephen, the father, remembered,

“We were pulling the engine out of the car, and after we got it jacked up, I climbed under there to take the axles off.

An 8-Year-Old and His Chance Meeting With Angels

The one axle came off pretty easily, but the other side wasn’t coming off.” Soon, Stephen decided to adjust the axle of the car, but the car fell on him and started crushing him. Unfortunately, the 17-year-old Mason wasn’t around either, and it all fell to the 8-year-old to save his father- with his angels in tow. 

The heroic young boy, J. T.
Image Credits: EastIdahoNews

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Stephen, speaking to EastIdahoNews.com, then stated, “I yelled to J.T on the other side of the car, ‘Jack it up quick! Jack it up quick!’ I couldn’t move at all. I was totally trapped, and then I passed out. It was all in his hands, and I thought, ‘This is it. There’s no way he can jack up this car because it took my 17-year-old son and I both to jack it up the first time.” But it seems fate had other plans- one that involved angels and a 50-pound kid. 

Seeing his father passed out, J.T moved quickly. He started jumping up and down on the handle of the jack. And while he weighed just 50 lbs, the car did start rising off his father. After saving his father from certain death, he ran inside and informed his brother, who then called 911. The 911 call recording was then heard by the media- and it was certainly toe-curling. Mason was urging his father to keep breathing.[2]

“I know it hurts, but you gotta do it. Breathe! Breathe! Breathe!” 

Aftermath and Miracle

Months after the incident, Stephen shared his feelings when he was unconscious. “All I remember is I felt peace. I remember seeing white, like a nice happy day. The clouds were going by, and everything was happy and peaceful.”

J. T. being awarded the East Idaho Red Cross Hero Award
Image Credits: EastIdahoNews

Goes without saying, J.T was really scared seeing his father in such a state. “It was scary and I didn’t think that I could jack the car up, but I just kept on trying.” Let’s be honest- none of us would want a kid to see his father in such a situation. Maybe that is what provided him with the excess strength. Maybe, just maybe, he wasn’t joking about the angels?[3]

Jodi Parker, the mother of the two kids, certainly ascribed to this idea. “This whole thing is a miracle. There’s no other way to describe it.” We at TIFFY try to put out stories that have a happy ending. And this story, too, is nothing different. Despite coming close to death, Stephen did make a full recovery with just 13 broken ribs. Talk about angelic intervention and good fate, huh!

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  1. Sugar City boy says angels helped him save his dad after a car fell on him.” East Idaho News. Nate Eaton. March 3, 2017
  2. Boy, 8, says ‘angels’ helped him free dad from collapsed car.” CNN. Alexandra Larkin and Sophie Lewis. March 9, 2017.
  3. 8-year-old rescues dad after car falls on him with the help of angels.” Shareably. Patricia Lynn. January 20, 2022.