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George Zimmerman Rescues Family in Overturned Truck

George Zimmerman is back in the news, this time for saving life rather than taking it.

ABC (“George Zimmerman Emerged From Hiding for Truck Crash Rescue“):

George Zimmerman, who has been in hiding since he was acquitted of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, emerged to help rescue a family who was trapped in an overturned vehicle, police said today.

Zimmerman was one of two men who came to the aid of a family of four — two parents and two children — trapped inside a blue Ford Explorer SUV that had rolled over after traveling off the highway in Sanford, Fla. at approximately 5:45 p.m. Thursday, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The crash occurred at the intersection of I-4 and route Route 46, police said. The crash site is less than a mile from where Zimmerman shot Martin.

By the time police arrived, two people – including Zimmerman – had already helped the family get out of the overturned car, the sheriff’s office said. No one was reported to be injured.

Zimmerman was not a witness to the crash and left after speaking with the deputy, police said.

And, at night, he fights crime.

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Comments

  1. Tillman says:

    Zimmerman strikes again! Truly he is Anton Chigurh’s coin toss.

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  2. FaShizzleMyNizzleRizzleDizzleFizzle says:

    This sounds not staged at all. Atleast he did a better job that Rick Ross (is this a Florida thing?)

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  3. pylon says:

    “rescued people trapped in a car” v. “assisted uninjured people getting out of their car”

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  4. pylon says:

    hmmm – didn’t think my comment was THAT offensive. Just a comment on the reporting job.

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  5. pylon says:

    and now it’s back.

    never mind.
    tm Emily Litella

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  6. Jenos Idanian says:

    Christ, why doesn’t this guy just mind his own business and stop trying to play hero?

    I bet the truck was black, and he profiled it…

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  7. Nikki says:

    And, at night, he fights crime.

    Not even remotely funny. Or ironic.

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  8. pylon says:

    I’m a little surprised he had the strength to open the door. After all, he’s a softy who was afraid for his life when dealing with a 160 pound teenager.

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  9. al-Ameda says:

    Were those rescued wearing hoodies?

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  10. Jenos Idanian says:

    How typical.

    Zimmerman does something decent and potentially dangerous, something that he had no legal obligation to do, and doesn’t seek any attention for his actions, and the lynching continues.

    Zimmerman was a proud registered Democrat and Obama supporter. I wonder just what he’ll have to do to get the kind of “forgive and forget” privileges extended to Ted Kennedy, William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Kathy Boudin, and Brett Kimberlin?

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  11. Andre Kenji says:

    In fact, we don´t know the circumstances of the accident, but if there were people that were really injured(Or, people at the risk of losing their lives) inside the truck doing anything other than waiting for the first responders would be a potentially reckless and dangerous behavior.

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  12. Rick Almeida says:

    Lynching? Methinks you don’t understand that word. He’s the one who took a life.

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  13. Jenos Idanian says:

    @Andre Kenji: There are conflicting reports as to whether or not the SUV was on fire. That would be a big determining factor.

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  14. Jenos Idanian says:

    @Rick Almeida: Sorry, I’m getting ahead of the narrative.

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  15. anjin-san says:

    the lynching continues

    Well sure Jenos. Being critical of someone on a blog is more or less the same as torturing and killing them.

    I guess “Stupidfest 2013” is officially underway.

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  16. Jenos Idanian says:

    @anjin-san: Don’t be such an egotist. It wasn’t about you.

    Unless you’re part of the “Kill George Zimmerman” Facebook group, or any of the many people who have called for his death or specifically threatened him and his family.

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  17. anjin-san says:

    @ Jenos

    “Kill George Zimmerman” Facebook group

    Has anyone on this thread called for Zimmermann to come to harm?

    I suggest you go to that FB page and address its members directly. Or are you only a Zimmermann fanboy anonymously? Standing up to the “lynch mob” with your identity exposed would actually require some small measure of courage on your part.

    Guess that’s never going to happen.

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  18. PogueMahone says:

    @Jenos Idanian:
    Zimmerman does something decent and potentially dangerous, something that he had no legal obligation to do, and doesn’t seek any attention for his actions, and the lynching continues.

    Followed by this…

    Sorry, I’m getting ahead of the narrative.

    So which is it? Is it hyperbolic for those who do not support Zimmerman’s actions to characterize the death of Martin as a lynching, or is it hyperbolic for you to characterize those who criticize Zimmerman’s actions as lynching?

    Of course, I don’t know anyone, on either side, that characterized either as a “lynching”.
    But dude, if you choose to engage in such rhetoric, then at least by consistent with your hyperbole.

    Cheers.

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  19. Jenos Idanian says:

    @PogueMahone: My error. From the repeated references to Zimmerman “stalking” Martin, just to name one example, I thought a little hyperbole was acceptable.

    But I stand by my earlier question: just what must Zimmerman do to get the kind of forgiveness from the left that they extended to Ted Kennedy, William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Kathy Boudin, and Brett Kimberlin, just to name a few?

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  20. Jenos Idanian says:

    The latest reports say that the SUV was on fire, and after helping the family to safety, Zimmerman used a fire extinguisher from his own vehicle to put out the fire.

    I await allegations that Zimmerman “profiled” the fire and murdered it.

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  21. anjin-san says:

    Ted Kennedy, William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Kathy Boudin, and Brett Kimberlin,

    So after your epic fails on race, the choom gang, and so on, you think you have a gotcha? LOL

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  22. Jenos Idanian says:

    @anjin-san: So, no answer? No proffered road to redemption for Zimmerman?

    Could it be because Zimmerman, unlike those other liberal lions I cited, isn’t the beneficiary of white privilege? That minorities like Zimmerman don’t get the same breaks?

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  23. PogueMahone says:

    So, no answer? No proffered road to redemption for Zimmerman?

    Not that I agree with your comparisons, but in a word: Maybe.

    First, he would have to publicly and without reservation acknowledge his reckless role in the death of Martin. Then he would have to offer his unconditional apologies to the Martin family.
    It would also help if Zimmerman also admit that it was wrong that he a) unfairly targeted Martin as a criminal; b) admit that he should have never followed Martin armed with a gun.

    But that is unlikely… as such declarations would be evidence in a wrongful death suit.

    However, one isn’t forgiven for previous crimes for doing a good deed. You suggest that Zimmerman be forgiven for killing Martin by helping someone in need. Look, helping someone out of a burning car is something that should be admired, but it isn’t a carte blanche indulgence on previous sins. Nor should it be viewed as accumulative curriculum vitae on one’s character.

    This isn’t a “See? I told you so….” moment.

    Cheers.

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  24. al-Ameda says:

    @Jenos Idanian:

    Zimmerman was a proud registered Democrat and Obama supporter. I wonder just what he’ll have to do to get the kind of “forgive and forget” privileges extended to Ted Kennedy, William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Kathy Boudin, and Brett Kimberlin?

    Sounds like he didn’t profile those people as being suspicious – good for him.

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  25. JKB says:

    This wouldn’t have happened it he’d just stayed in his truck.

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  26. HarvardLaw92 says:

    @Jenos Idanian:

    LOL, Christ, will you just call Zimmerman up and offer to blow him already? You’re worse than a schoolgirl with a crush …

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  27. HarvardLaw92 says:

    In other news, it looks like the “secret bunker” has been his same old house all along.

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  28. Pylon says:

    what must Zimmerman do to get the kind of forgiveness from the left that they extended to Ted Kennedy, William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Kathy Boudin, and Brett Kimberlin, just to name a few?

    As usual, the analogy is not apt, for several reasons.

    1. By and large those people apologized very publicly. Zimmerman offered a lame fauxpology.

    2. Those people were hated by the right, who have not forgiven them, unless I missed a memo. So the comparison to the left forgiving Zimmerman ain’t apropos.

    3. I don’t recall any of those people intentionally killing someone. They were reckless, and someone paid for it.

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  29. anjin-san says:

    @ Pylon

    Zimmerman offered a lame fauxpology.

    It’s worse even than that. He lied to Martin’s parents faces as he “apologized”

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  30. anjin-san says:

    @ HarvardLaw92

    Jenos may have to get in line behind Sean Hannity.

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  31. JKB says:

    Word is Zimmerman was carrying a fully loaded fire extinguishers….in public.

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  32. anjin-san says:

    @ JKB

    Take a number.

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  33. Jenos Idanian says:

    @Pylon: Ayers and Dohrn are completely unrepentant. And Zimmerman was a registered Democrat and an Obama voter. Whether he still is is unknown, but I’d be surprised if he was still a staunch supporter of the party that has declared him Public Enemy #1.

    Zimmerman, until recently, had to keep in mind that anything he said towards Martin’s parents could and would be used against him in court. And considering the Justice Department is publicly soliciting dirt on him for more charges, he’d be advised to couch his words very, very carefully.

    Ted Kennedy was involved in a death that was, in all likelihood, unintended. The other four, however were wiling participants in criminal actions that got people killed.

    But I appreciate your taking my challenge.

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  34. Pylon says:

    It’s a bald faced lie to say Ayers and Dorne are unrepentant for the unintended death of the security guard. They both have expressed remorse. Try harder next time.

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  35. Pylon says:

    By the way, if convictions are the test, what was Ayers convicted of?

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  36. al-Ameda says:

    @Jenos Idanian:

    Ted Kennedy was involved in a death that was, in all likelihood, unintended. The other four, however were wiling participants in criminal actions that got people killed.

    Okay, a couple points are in order here: (1) Dohrn and Ayres could have benefitted from SYG laws, however, like Boudin and Kimberlin they benefitted from being White, and (2) Teddy should have claimed that Mary Jo was driving, because, like Zimmerman, there were no reliable witnesses.

    There, are we done with Zimmerman, or are you still running victory laps with the OJ Jury?

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  37. Scott Brenan says:

    I wish it was true, but found out It was a publicity stunt. Fake story not true sorry

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  38. wr says:

    @Jenos Idanian: And don’t forget, Romney saved a man from drowning! Clearly these are two magnificent human beings we should all worship.

    Maybe they could team up together and save the whole country… and then Jenos could buy the footie pajamas with their logo on them,

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  39. wr says:

    @Jenos Idanian: “But I stand by my earlier question: just what must Zimmerman do to get the kind of forgiveness from the left that they extended to Ted Kennedy, William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Kathy Boudin, and Brett Kimberlin, just to name a few?”

    Well, he could try passing legislation that helps the entire country, like Kennedy. But since it’s doubtful he has the intellectual wherewithal to run for office even in Florida, he could certainly do what Dohrn and Boudin did and serve time in prison.

    And I have absolutely no idea who Brett Kimberlin is. I assume this is another scary liberal boogeyman who has all conservatives hiding under their bed but who no liberal has ever heard of.

    Oh, who am I kidding. I’m pretty sure mean, scary liberal Dr. Seuss has Jenos hiding under his bed.

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  40. Jenos Idanian says:

    @Pylon: It’s a bald faced lie to say Ayers and Dorne are unrepentant for the unintended death of the security guard. They both have expressed remorse. Try harder next time.

    Yes, that would be a bald-faced lie. Which is why I didn’t say it. Ayers said, about his terrorist past, that they didn’t do enough.

    And Timothy McVeigh expressed regret for the deaths of the children in the OKC federal building’s day-care center. Does that make it OK?

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  41. al-Ameda says:

    @Jenos Idanian:

    And Timothy McVeigh expressed regret for the deaths of the children in the OKC federal building’s day-care center. Does that make it OK?

    No, it makes it ‘OKC.’

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  42. Nikki says:

    @Jenos Idanian: Apparently, it doesn’t make it OK for either McVeigh or Zimmerman.

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  43. pylon says:

    Ayers said, about his terrorist past, that they didn’t do enough.

    You know as well as I do that he meant he didn’t do enough in general to oppose the war (mainly going by results). He said he regretted his tactics and that people were hurt by things he said and did.

    Charges dropped, no convictions. Accoridng to you that emans he’s vindicated, right?

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  44. An Interested Party says:

    This wouldn’t have happened it he’d just stayed in his truck.

    Indeed, but at least no one died this time because of Zimmerman’s actions…

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  45. KM says:

    This seems suspiciously too good to be true. As many have commented, the sheer timing and coincidences necessary are statistically unlikely. That being said, it would be a fairly easy matter to clear up, what with the police reports/statements and all. Should it turn out that this is all 100% true, Zimmerman has the luck of the devil to have been there!

    What bothers me is the attempted press conference and the need to publicize it. If this was truly a good deed, then you don’t need to say anything. You do good deeds to do good deeds, save people for the sake of saving them. That the lawyers are involved AT ALL brings a tinge of suspicion and doubt. That this is image rehabilitation at best and staged at worst. Even the worst mofos on the planet do good things once in a while. Doing the whole look-at-me dance just taints what might verily well be a honest effort if accurate.

    Zimmerman doesn’t have to play the media game – he can ignore them and go on with his life. He doesn’t have to make himself look good or fix his image. You look good by BEING good. Advertising it is…. cheap to put it lightly. And will not change the minds of anyone who already has a negative opinion for better or worse. One good deed do not outweigh some other act.

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