COVENTRY — Two students from USA Karate were able to use what they learned during their training to remain calm and collected as each of them saved a life just days apart.
Sean Lambert, 10, is in his second year of training at the karate school in Coventry and currently holds the rank of purple belt.
He never thought what he learned during those two years would help save his father’s life.
On the way home from a family vacation in Pennsylvania, Sean said the gas tank on the vehicle began falling out.
He said his father stopped at a restaurant in Connecticut to eat and repair the truck.
He explained that when his father was finished eating he went outside and began trying to fix the truck and Sean soon followed, leaving his mother inside the restaurant.
Sean said he noticed that the jack, which was holding the truck up, had gave way and the truck was pinning his father to the ground.
He immediately ran over and picked the truck up just enough that his father could shimmy out.
“I didn’t have time to think. My first thought was just to save him. I think the karate classes helped me to keep calm during that and the truck was very heavy,” Sean laughed.
His mother, Michelle Lambert, said she was in the restaurant during this time but when she asked him about it later, “he told me what happened like it was no big deal.”
“He’ll forever be my hero,” said Sean’s father Brad choking back tears. “We’re so proud; if he didn’t come out, I don’t think I’d be here.”
USA Karate owner Shihan Angelo Oliveira said Sean’s quite nature and determination has helped him move up the ranks.
“With his inspirational actions this past weekend he amply demonstrated some true black belt qualities,” he said.
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