9-year-old SC boy called a hero after saving neighbor trapped beneath his vehicle

A 9-year-old South Carolina boy is being called a hero after he used a car jack to save his neighbor trapped beneath while working on his vehicle.

photo credit WIS

Allen Clemmons was working on the transmission of his Mustang convertible when the blocks and jack holding the car up slid off, pinning Clemmons beneath.

During an interview with WISTV.com, after 90 minutes of calling out for help, Clemmons described asking God for help

“I asked God to help me, to give me one more holler and send an angel by my way. The last holler before I give up.”

Malachi, 9, heard Clemmons cry for help from the yard of his Sumter home.  “He was saying something like he was stuck, but I didn’t know what he meant, ” Malachi told WIS.

Since Malachi’s uncle had taught him how to use a car jack, he knew exactly what he had to do to help save his neighbor. Clemmons directed him to the jack and Malachi was able to pump the jack on the 2-foot pole until the car was off the pinned man.

Then our young hero ran to his aunt’s house for help. A tow truck soon arrived and used another jack to raise the car enough for onlookers to pull Clemmons out from beneath the car.

Clemmons is expected to recover and credits Malachi with saving his life. He was flown to Palmetto Health in Columbia and remains hospitalized from six broken ribs, a fractured pelvis and an injured shoulder.

“I don’t think I would have survived another 30 minutes. It was getting really hard to breathe. He is truly my guardian angel.”

Plans are being made for Malachi and Clemmons to visit together in the hospital.

Click here for WISTV video.

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