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"Superman" Saves 6-Year-Old Girl

Mon, 12/21/2009 - 5:58am

A Kansas mother is praising a neighbor as "Superman" after her 6-year-old daughter told her he somehow found the strength to lift a car off her. The girl escaped with minor injuries after being pinned under the vehicle.

Harris said he doesn't know how he managed to lift the Mercury sedan off the child, but when he tried later that day to lift other cars, he couldn't. “Somehow, adrenaline, hand of God, whatever you want to call it, I don't know how I did it,” he said.

Harris was dropping off his eight-year-old daughter at school last week when he saw a driver backing her car out of a driveway and over the child. “I didn't even think. I ran over there as fast as I could, grabbed the rear end of the car and lifted and pushed as hard as I could to get the tire off the child,” he said.

He realized the little girl was Ashlyn, a friend of his daughter's. Harris carried the screaming first-grader to the sidewalk and asked people nearby to get the child's mother, who lives a block away.

Ashlyn wasn't pinned under the car long enough to be seriously hurt. She was released from the hospital that afternoon with a concussion and some scrapes. “I don't consider myself a hero at all,” Harris said. “To me, it was payment enough when she gave me that huge hug and said, ‘Thanks, Superman.’”

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