After This Teenager Heard A Scream, He Was Met With A Terrifying Scene In His Neighbor’s Yard

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Zac Clark was out in the front yard with his mom, Lora, one weekend in September 2019, tending their garden. That tranquility was soon shattered, though, by the sound of a scream from the property across the road. When the Clarks got there, they realized that their neighbor was trapped under his car. And in the blink of an eye Zac sprang into action.

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Throughout the week, we all complete a number of tasks to keep our homes in the best possible condition. Even the more mundane chores help in that regard. But for the Clark family, they were truly in the right place at the right time while working in the yard outside their house.

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Zac was a sophomore student at his local high school, playing for their football team. In addition to that, the teenager also showed an interest in baseball and wrestling, as he competed in the latter during the winter months. However, neither he nor Lora could’ve predicted what eventually happened on that fateful weekend in September.

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After hearing the scream on the street, Zac and Lora abandoned their work in the yard and quickly headed toward the source. Once there, the pair noted how serious the situation was, as their neighbor was pinned down by his vehicle. So with that in mind, the high-school student then made a vital decision.

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For most of us, high school marked an important period in our lives. Following our time in middle school, it marks the next stage of our education, taking us a step closer to adult life. Indeed, once our studies there were over, we needed to make a decision on what to do next.

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Lora Clark would’ve been no different in that regard, as she attended school throughout the 1990s. During that time, the future mom was a resident of Mansfield, Ohio, getting her education at the local high school. And in 1997, she finally earned her diploma off the back of her studies.

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Around 12 months later, though, Lora’s life changed forever when she tied the knot with a man named Rod Clark. Much like her, Rod lived in Mansfield, where he attended the senior high school. He went on to graduate back in 1992, but that didn’t mark the end of his studies.

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From there, Rod enrolled at Mansfield’s North Central Technical College, better known as North Central State College today. Yet while he looked to earn his higher education at the university, the Ohio resident’s personal life took a stunning turn in June 1998. At that point, he celebrated a truly significant occasion.

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Rod and Lora became husband and wife that year, before adding a couple of new faces to their growing family. The couple went on to have two sons together, naming their youngest boy Zac. And over the next few years, he would go on to develop a number of different interests.

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As shown on Rod’s social media page, he was a big fan of baseball. And Zac appeared to mirror that passion as well. So on that note, the dad looked to train his two sons while they were growing up, with the family now living in Butler, O.H. However, their world was turned upside down in July 2018.

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That summer, the Clarks were on the road to watch a baseball tournament together. Prior to that, all seemed well, with Rod making regular posts on his Facebook page each day. But in a tragic turn of events, he suddenly passed away on that trip, leaving his loved ones utterly devastated.

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As Rod’s friends and family posted messages of condolences on social media, Lora was then left to grieve with her sons in the aftermath. Thankfully for the heartbroken widow, Zac and his older sibling were her support during that desperate time. Yet despite all of the emotional pain, the trio pressed ahead as best as they could.

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Zac was a student at Clear Fork High School, where he participated in several different sports. Alongside baseball, the teenager was a member of both the wrestling and football teams as well. And with regards to the former, he specialized in the position of catcher when taking to the field.

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Meanwhile, Zac played as a left guard for his high school football team, the Clear Fork Colts. In that position, he was tasked with keeping an eye on his quarterback, shielding him from the opposition. But as a guard, the teenager could also create space for his fellow teammates to make runs up the field.

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Unsurprisingly, this particular job can prove physically demanding, even at high school level. So with that in mind, Rod looked to get his son in the best possible condition prior to his unexpected passing. Indeed, Zac was hitting the weights with his dad over that period, as he tried to bulk up.

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While Zac’s training no doubt prepared him for the trials and tribulations of American football, he hit a few other landmarks, too. For you see, the left guard continued to lift weights and racked up some impressive numbers. His best effort in the squat, in fact, saw him carry a weight of around 350 pounds.

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That wouldn’t be the last of the teenager’s eye-opening training stats, though, as we’re about to find out. In an incredible feat of strength, Zac was able to deadlift a weight of over 400 pounds. And much like the aforementioned number in the squat, that proved to be his best personal lift.

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So given Zac’s undoubted passion for sport, you’d be forgiven for thinking that he might want to take things further after high school. But in this instance, you’d be quite wrong in that assessment. As it turns out, the busy sophomore student has something else in mind for the future.

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For several years, Zac has harbored aspirations of becoming a firefighter as he wants to assist people in need. However, the teenager was called into action much earlier than expected one weekend in September 2019. It all started when he joined his mom in the front garden, ready to do some chores.

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At that stage, Zac and Lora were startled by a loud noise across the road, followed by their neighbor screaming. Off the back of that, the high school football player then reflected on his mindset at the time of the commotion. Speaking to the Mansfield News Journal, he later admitted that he was drawn to it.

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“I have always wanted to be a firefighter and help people out,” Zac told the newspaper in September 2019. “The first thing that came to my mind was to get over there, do what I can do and do anything I can to help.” Keeping that in mind, both he and Lora made their way over to their neighbors’ yard.

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Just moments before, Zac’s neighbor was doing some work under his car, with the vehicle sitting on a jack. But a short time later, it somehow fell off the stand and pinned its owner to the ground, drawing a cry from his partner. As for what happened next, the teenager later spoke to The Washington Post.

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“So I ran over there without hesitating,” Zac told the newspaper. “And I saw that [my neighbor] was struggling and screaming for help. [The] first thing that came to mind was, ‘I got to get the car off of him.’” At that point, Lora tried to lend a hand as well, with the vehicle putting untold pressure on the trapped man’s chest.

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Unsurprisingly, though, that was much easier said than done due to the immense weight of the car. Lora told The Washington Post, “I just thought to myself, ‘This is not good.’ I’m trying to lift the car, and I’m going, ‘This thing is heavy.’” Given how bleak the situation looked at that stage, no one could’ve predicted what eventually transpired.

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Taking inspiration from those previous weight-lifting sessions, Zac positioned his hands on the underside of the car. After that, the Butler resident then tilted the vehicle ever so slightly, which allowed his mom and neighbor to pull the man out. In total, it’s believed the teenager lifted around 3,000 pounds in weight at that moment.

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Yet while that was a truly astonishing feat, Zac’s focus didn’t waver in the aftermath, touching upon his neighbor’s condition. “He had a couple of cracked ribs and his face was messed up pretty bad,” the aspiring firefighter told Fox 8 News. “But the doctors told him if I wasn’t there then he’d be dead.”

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Lora reiterated that latter point while talking to The Washington Post, as she continued to reflect on the stunning events of that day. But in her mind, Zac’s remarkable effort wasn’t the only thing that saved their neighbor. Indeed, the mom believed that some divine intervention came into play, too.

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“I’m sure there were angels there among us, helping [our neighbor],” Lora told the newspaper in September 2019. “It was God’s moment. It was unbelievable. He honestly saved that man’s life. If [Zac] wasn’t home, there was no one else out in the neighborhood.” The reactions didn’t end there, though, as we’re about to discover.

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A short time after Zac pulled off the unthinkable, he contacted the coach of his high school football team, Dave Carroll. The sophomore student went on to recall everything that transpired, leaving the latter in a state of pure shock. Following their conversation, Carroll shared his own thoughts with the Mansfield News Journal.

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Carroll told the publication, “I felt really cool because, I believe, I was the first person [Zac] called after it all happened. We have a young man here on our football team that exemplifies everything you talk about as a football coach. You always want players with courage and strength, [who do] the right thing and [don’t] hesitate when [they] are called to duty.”

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“[Zac] did all those things,” Carroll continued. “That is just awesome.” Meanwhile, the teenager didn’t come away from the incident unscathed. As a result of his stunning lift, he hurt his legs and back, which prompted him to visit a chiropractor. Yet despite all that, he only missed a few hours of school.

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As for Carroll, he wanted to share the heroic teenager’s story with as many people as possible following the event. The coach said, “We talked to the team and celebrated Zac. Then Monday night, I put it on our team’s Facebook page and it went nuts. People were sharing it and commenting so positively.”

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“In a world of bad news every minute,” Carroll added, “to hear a young man do something like that, when young people take a bad rap in today’s society, it is just awesome. I think it was just God’s hand reaching down, helping the man that Zac saved, but also reaching down helping Zac lift up that car.”

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Regarding the aforementioned Facebook post, Carroll was quite correct in his exuberant assessment. The message, which described Zac as a “real life hero,” was put up on September 24, 2019, and has since generated a massive response. For instance, it’s earned in excess of 800 likes on the social media website.

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In addition to the likes, the post has also racked up over 380 shares and garnered more than 120 comments from online users. “Unbelievable,” wrote one individual on Facebook. “So great to hear of these instances that still show we have compassion for others instead of all the negativity.” But the positive messages didn’t stop there.

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Many other Facebook users went on to praise the heroic teenager in the comments section, yet one response in particular really stood out. The person wrote, “Thank you, Zac Clark. The man you saved is a dear friend of mine. I’d hate to think of the world without him in it. I’m grateful you were in the right place at the right time and acted selflessly.”

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As the comments continued to flood in on social media, Zac found himself under the spotlight in his community. Indeed, the teenager was constantly asked about the incident at his high school, with classmates wanting to hear the story firsthand. But while he’s had to deal with more attention, he still doesn’t know how to react to the “hero” tag.

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Furthermore, during Zac’s conversation with the Mansfield News Journal, he gave some insight into how he managed to lift the 3,000-pound car. The student said, “[Being branded a hero] is crazy to think about, honestly. But it is all about people helping people. The adrenaline kicked in, I got the car up a little bit and we got him out.”

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Zac then touched upon the relationship he now shares with his neighbors following that dramatic day in the front yard. He continued, “They have come over a couple times now just thanking me and my mom for helping. He is out of the hospital, in his house and doing pretty good.”

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From there, Zac made one final point while talking to the local newspaper. He concluded, “Everyone has been asking what happened and just flat out asking how I lifted a car. You just must thank God for letting me be able to do that. Saving someone’s life has been a crazy experience.”

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