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Iowa kids save unconscious dad trapped beneath collapsed shed

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa  --  Nine-year-old Addison Gannaway described the unforgettable sound: "Kaboom!"

"All I saw was the shed just crashing down and my dad being trapped," she said.

Matt Gannaway was taking down his mother's 40-year-old shed on Tuesday morning. It was a late spring project before she planned to move from his childhood home in Marshalltown, Iowa.

"It came down like it was supposed to, but then it flipped over sideways and knocked me out and pinned me underneath it," Gannaway said.

Gannaway's four children and two others from the neighborhood could see he was in trouble.

"He's gasping for air. I must save him," said Addison Gannaway.

A blow to the head had left him unconscious.

"Above my forehead, I believe, by the looks of it," Gannaway said.

His 5-year-old son Kaidan Gannaway remembers it vividly.

"He was bleeding on his head and neck and all over the place," he said.

The kids had to act fast.

"Nothing is impossible if we set our minds to it and work together," said 13-year-old Ethan Gannaway.

The teamwork paid off.

"My sister was right here, lifting up right here, and I was here pulling on this trying to get him out," Addison Gannaway said.

Their success was an amazing feat that still hasn't quite sunk in after the paramedics took Gannaway to the hospital.

"I don't think on a normal basis kids can lift a roof off their dad who's pinned against the wall," Ethan Gannaway said.

Adrenaline caused Addison Gannaway to forget about a recent softball injury to her arm.

"A softball hit me right here and cracked my bone," she said, after she pushed through pain to save her dad. "Family comes before my body."

Matt Gannaway suffered a broken scapula, but his pain will be temporary while his new outlook on life is stronger than ever.

"Especially after a situation like this, you have to live your life to the fullest, and my family and kids are number one to me," he said.

The Gannaways say they already have friends who have offered to haul away what is left of the shed. Matt Gannaway's mother plans to move in June.