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Video: Florida cop pushes disabled man to safety from storm

Date: 2014-08-20
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Within seconds of the officer arriving to help the man, lightning struck near the two

From a report by Lindsey Fry, NBC2/FORT MYERS, Fla.

Fort Myers (FL) police officer Gil Benitez works the night beat. He tells us his nights are far from boring.

On Thursday night, around 8:30 p.m., he received an unusual call of a man in a wheelchair stuck in the rain. He responded to Bent Creek Loop, where he saw Michael Arnold sitting in his electric wheel chair on the side of the road.

Within seconds of Benitez arriving to help Arnold, lightning struck near the two.  Amidst pelting rain and in danger of further lightning strikes, Officer Benitez pushed Arnold’s stuck wheelchair the block to his home, then dried him off and stayed with him until family arrived.

The news anchor concluded the report with, “As we spoke to the officer today he reminded us that, while there are bad things that happen in our cities, there are many good things…”

Watch the story, and the video (clearest version, no commercial), at  Originally posted at

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- People, Places & Things/ (via NBC2 Fort Myers, 8/19/14)



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