People.com Human Interest Va. Deputy Saves Woman's Life by Lifting Vehicle Off Her Head After Crash: 'Tremendous Act' "Deputy Holt never ceases to amaze us and has the unique ability of being in the right place at the right time," Sheriff Darrell W. Warren Jr. tells PEOPLE By Joelle Goldstein Joelle Goldstein Twitter Joelle Goldstein is a TV Staff Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for nearly five years, beginning her time as a digital news writer, where she covered everything from entertainment news to crime stories and royal tours. Since then, she has worked as a writer-reporter on the Human Interest team and an associate editor on the TV team. In her current role, Joelle oversees all things TV and enjoys being able to say she has to watch The Kardashians and America's Got Talent for "work". Prior to joining PEOPLE, Joelle was employed at The Hollywood Reporter. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors in Television-Radio (and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four!) People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 20, 2021 02:17 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Deputy Jon Holt. Photo: Gloucester County Sheriff's Office A Virginia deputy is being praised as a hero after saving the life of a woman whose head was pinned underneath an overturned car. The Gloucester Sheriff's Office commended Deputy Jon Holt for his "tremendous act" in a post on Facebook Tuesday, which includes Holt's body-camera footage showing the harrowing rescue. According to the sheriff's office, Holt was called to the crash on May 7 and found "an overturned vehicle with an entrapment" at the scene. "The driver was laying underneath the vehicle with her head pinned by the sunroof," the sheriff's office explained in their post. "Seeing the trauma her child was witnessing, Deputy J. Holt went into overdrive." As shown in the footage, a person stood outside the overturned vehicle as Holt approached and yelled, "She can't breathe." Soon after, Holt's footage captured a child inside the car crying out, "Mommy." Pa. Police Officer Saves Baby's Life After Newborn Stopped Breathing in Parents' Car: 'Very Scary' Holt quickly jumped into action — first, by telling the boy to leave his mom's side and come to him. Then, he focused on the woman inside the vehicle, who was still in trouble. The camera went black, but audio captured the deputy grunting as he lifted the car and released the woman's head from the sunroof. Afterward, Holt asked her, "Is your head clear?" In their post, the sheriff's office credited Holt's "sheer will and determination" for saving the woman's life and making sure she did not "succumb to her circumstance in front of her panic-stricken child." "Deputy J. Holt took quick action and was able to physically lift the vehicle up enough for the driver to maneuver her head out to safety," the sheriff's office wrote in the post. Amazingly, the rescue came just three months after Holt was given both the local and regional Top Cop Awards from the Greater Hampton Roads Regional Crime Line for saving two people from a burning house in 2020, according to the sheriff's office. RELATED VIDEO: Dramatic Video Captures the Moment a Florida Sheriff's Deputy Saves the Life of a 3-Month-Old Baby In a statement to PEOPLE, Sheriff Darrell W. Warren Jr. praised Holt for his commitment to public safety. "Deputy Holt never ceases to amaze us and has the unique ability of being in the right place at the right time," Warren says. "Holt recently received the 'Top Cop Award' for our entire regional based on his rescue of two disabled individuals in a structure fire." "A few years prior, he used his department-issued AED to save the life of a highway worker who had collapsed on the side of the road after suffering a major heart attack," he continues. "As you can see in the video of the accident, Holt is calm in the chaos, confident and very professional." "I am very proud of his actions yet again and we are fortunate to have him on our team," Warren adds.