“Superhero” Lifts Van Off Jackson Man

JACKSON (WWJ) – A Jackson man is being called a superhero after saving his neighbor’s life.

While working on his pick-up truck, 47-year-old Mike Treciak heard the desperate cries of his neighbors as their 50-year-old father and husband became trapped under his Chevy Venture minivan.

Treciak ran to their aid. Remarkably, the 6”3, 300 lb construction worker managed to lift the van off of Timothy Kirkland’s chest.

“I didn’t know if I could lift it off by myself. I was hoping the son could help me, but he got hurt so I had to do it all on my own. Just about the moment … getting down there and getting it off that gentleman before something happened to him bad,” Treciak told WWJ Newsradio 950.

“I grabbed ahold of the front fender and started lifting, and couldn’t get it the first time. Then I just put all my might into it and lifted it up and they pulled him out,” he said.

Firefighters arrived after the Kirkland had been rescued, and he was rushed to the hospital.

“There was a big mark across his chest … I think his shirt was undone a little bit, he had a buttoned up shirt and it was hot, so there’s a big mark where the frame was digging into it, for sure,” Treciak said.

Kirkland, who had been working on his jacked minivan when the accident occurred, was treated for five broken ribs and a cracked sternum. Kirkland’s 20-year-old son was also injured trying to help his dad, but is expected to be alright.

As for Treciak, he is expected to be nominated for a Red Cross hero award.

  • Carla

    Mr. Treciak is a great human being, a true hero. Let us all learn from this example and help when we can, never turning away in hopes that someone else will be responsible.

    • Kay

      Let’s not overdo it. The man ran to help his neighbors when he heard them shouting for help. This doesn’t make him either a “great human being” or “a true hero”. It makes him a good neighbor.

      Applaud him for that. Call him a “superhero” if you want for being strong enough and with enough adrenaline pumping through him to lift the van. But don’t blow it out of proportion and try to turn him into something he’s not.

  • asgwggh

    wow what a beast!!!!!

  • al

    What a man. There are still good people out there helping each other. God Bless you.

  • Julie Paige Justice

    Kay are you serious? Give the guy credit…geez…how can someone turn something so amazing and good into a negative…get a life.

  • Ell Langford

    Kay, really are you currently pms’ing? No, seriously you have to be. I actually feel sorry for you that you can’t see the inherent goodness and applaud him for what he did, as opposed to then trying to belittle somewhat what he did. Don’t overdo it? He’s a good neighbor but nothing more? Do you know how many people wouldn’t care less to even go check what the screaming or cries for help were about these days? Then risk severe injury to themselves to try to help. A good neighbor brings you a cup of sugar. A hero saves a life. The guy is a hero. Period.

  • Matthew P

    Kay, be sure to knock on story about a guy who does a good deed and is rewarded with a little bit of spotlight. That way you can continue your miserable mundane negative existence. At least you don’t have the media spotlight to try to grab some of this guys thunder. This is why I rarely read comments on these stories. Half empty Idiots Abound.

  • David Wayne

    Adrenalin rush gave him superhuman strength. Glad he wasn’t injured during the rescue.

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