Man Saved After Car Drops On His Chest

CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) — A Citrus Heights man was under a car when it came crashing down on him. Luckily for Richard Pfand, his daughter was just feet away.

“I just heard a really loud thud,” Elizabeth Pfand said..

She couldn’t believe where that thud came from.

“Something gave way underneath the car,” Richard said.

Richard was underneath the car fixing it when the jack gave way.

“And it fell right on his chest, that’s where the car fell,” Elizabeth said.

“I remember the weight coming down on my chest,” Richard said of the incident, which happed two weeks ago.

It was crushing him. “I couldn’t breath,” he said.

Elizabeth ran to her dad’s side.

“Basically what I remember is she says ‘what do you want me to do?’ and I kind of looked over and said ‘try and jack the car up.'”

But the jack was broken and wouldn’t do anything, so she quickly called 911.

“I remember her getting on the phone and her calling somebody and that’s pretty much it,” Richard said.

Elizabeth was frantic when the 911 operator asked her her emergency. “My dad was working on a car and it fell on him,” she blurts out.

The dispatcher tries calming her down and asks if her father could breath.

“Dad, can you breath?”

“Barely,” Richard can be heard on the 911 tape.

“He says barely,” Elizabeth tells the dispatcher.

Slipping in and out of consciousness, Richard tells Elizabeth he’s dying.

“He started saying things like ‘I want you to know how much I love you and tell your mom I love her’ and all these things,” Elizabeth said. “I thought I was watching my dad die.”

Help finally arrived in the form of two Citrus Heights officers.

“She was pretty frantic, which is to be expected,” Citrus Heights Police Officer Jeff Schouten said.

Schouten and his partner, Community Services Officer Aaron Copeland, were the first responders.

“One looked at me and said ‘you need to find another jack,'” Elizabeth said.

She checked the garage and found one.

Shouten jacked the car up and Copeland pulled Richard out.

“Once the weight of the car came off him, he went limp,” Copeland said.

They were ready to perform CPR but “he took a breath regained consciousness and started talking again,” Copeland said.

“The next thing I remember was a paramedic cutting open my shirt,” Richard said. “I just want to thank them for my life. They’re worth every tax dollar I paid.”

Richard says despite a few broken ribs and a deflated lung, he’s back at work and things are back to normal.

His family, however, has told him he’s not allowed to work on cars anymore.

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