Police Officer Becomes Wheelchair Man’s Hero in an Intense Rescue Caught on Camera


Most police officers do small acts of good each and every day that none of us get to see. One of those is getting recognized though, when Officer Gil Benitez helped get a wheelchair-bound man to safety during a dangerous downpour.

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Fort Myers Police Officer Gil Benitez was on duty, driving through a downpour that was so bad he could barely see stop signs, when he saw a man stranded in a wheelchair on the side of the road.

Michael Arnold’s electric wheelchair had stopped working, leaving him stranded a block from his house.

Benitez jumped to action and got out of his car. Despite being almost hit by lightning after approaching Arnold, he pushed him in his broken electric wheelchair (these can be very heavy to push when broken) all the way home. Then he refused to leave Arnold’s side until his family returned home.

Benitez thinks he was just doing his job, but that’s what you call going above and beyond when the job is “done.”

With our “if it bleeds it leads” media, it’s easy to always look for the worst in the people who risk their lives to keep us safe. But it’s good to remember that most of them go out of their way to do good things, and strive to go above and beyond the call of duty.

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