8-year-old Sugar City boy saves his dad

Posted at 7:05 PM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-12 13:05:42-04

An 8-year-old is being hailed a hero after his parents say he performed a miracle in saving his father's life.

And, the Idaho boy says he wasn't alone in the rescue.

"The things he did was beyond his capabilities," says Stephen Parker, of Sugar City in Eastern Idaho.

Parker is alive, he says, because of the boy sitting next to him.

"It was the car back here that fell on me,"  Parker says.

Back in July, Parker and his two sons were working on cars in their backyard. Seventeen-year-old Mason Parker cut his hand and went inside leaving his brother J.T., 8, to help dad.

"After we got the car jacked up, I climbed under there and we pulled the one axle off pretty easily but the other side wasn't coming off so easily," the eldest Parker explains.

When Stephen Parker adjusted the axle and moved the jack, the car fell.

"I immediately felt like I couldn't move at all. I was totally trapped. I yelled to J.T. on the other side of the car jack it up quick, jack it up quick, and then I passed out," says Stephen Parker. "I blacked out. It was all in his hands [J.T.] and I thought this is it. There's no way he can jack this car because it took my soon and I both to jack it up the first time, my 17-year-old son."

J.T. immediately sprung into action.

"It was scary and I didn't think that I could jack the car up but I just kept on trying," he says.

For 15 minutes, the only 50 pound boy jumped on the jack handle slowly lifting the car.

"Next thing I remember is I felt peace, I remember seeing white and peace like a nice happy day, the clouds are going by everything was happy and peaceful," says Stephen Parker.

After the car was lifted off of his dad, J.T. ran to get Mason who called 9-1-1. 

A medical helicopter flew Stephen Parker to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

"They did a bunch of scans on me, MRI's and all these EKG's and all these different things but all they found was six broken ribs here and seven broken ribs there," says Stephen Parker.

Now, as J.T. is honored with an award from the American Red Cross for saving his father's life, he says he had some extra help.

"Angels," J.T. says.