‘My Son Is My Hero’: Teen Lifts Truck To Save Trapped Dad Underneath

Dalin Wilkinson, 15, freshman at Oakdale High School saves his dad by lifting the truck after he was trapped beneath.


Matthew Wilkinson was working on his work truck, fixing the brakes, with his teenage son as they have always done before. When suddenly, the vehicle fell over him and trapped him beneath. He felt his breath coming out as he was squished and stuck in a great distress. His son then reacted quickly by lifting the truck just enough for him to roll out.

“It just dropped right on him. I was scared. I heard him make a noise like his soul was leaving his body. It was crazy,” Dalin Wilkinson said. “I just ran over and tried as hard as I could to get it up enough to get him out.”

The accident left Wilkinson with a punctured lung, broken ribs and a separated shoulder. But while he was in the hospital, he said he couldn’t figure out how he had managed to free himself.

“I called my kid and had him look at them look at the surveillance camera and they realized that he had lifted the truck enough for me to roll out,” Wilkinson said.

“My son is my hero. He saved my life,” he added.

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