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Good Samaritans put themselves in harms way to help driver who suffered "medical episode"

Good Samaritans put themselves in harms way to help driver who suffered "medical episode"

The woman experienced a "medical episode" on May 5 as she drove through Palm Beach County. What happened next was captured by a security camera in the area.

A group of Good Samaritans are being praised by a local police department in Florida for selflessly putting themselves in harm's way to help a driver who suddenly began suffering from an health emergency. The woman experienced a "medical episode" on May 5 as she drove through Palm Beach County. What happened next was captured by a security camera in the area.

The footage shows the woman's car slowly moving into an intersection and when her co-worker notices this, she immediately exits her car and runs up to the moving vehicle before waving her arms in an attempt to get help from others. As the woman's car veers onto the opposite side of the street, many strangers jump out of their vehicle and rush towards them. 

In no time, several of them can be seen standing in front of the vehicle, using all their strength to stop the car from rolling away. "Several people got out of their cars and worked together to stop the moving car," wrote the Boynton Beach Police Department sharing the video of the dramatic rescue on their Facebook page.



 

"One woman grabbed a dumbbell from her car and a man used it to smash the rear passenger's side window. Another man then climbed through the window to unlock the passenger's side door," continued the department. "The car was then put in park and the Good Samaritans pushed it to a nearby 7-Eleven parking lot where a nurse who was on the phone with 911 provided medical attention until the fire department arrive."

The Boynton Beach Police Department shared the video on social media in hopes of identifying these Good Smaritans. Providing an update, they said Facebook users helped them find the people and get in touch with several of them. Now the department is working to connect them with the woman they helped rescue. 

"I don't think it's an understatement to say that it is serving as an inspiration of goodness in our country today," shared BBPD Public Information Officer Stephanie Slater according to PEOPLE. ABC News affiliate WPBF managed to get in touch with one of the rescuers, who identified themselves as Davita Peele. 



 

Peele recalled that she had just left work when she came across the shocking scene that day. "I had just got off of work so I was like, let me stop at Home Depot because usually, I would've been in that straight lane going home," she shared.

She then decided to exit her car and direct traffic after the crowd became impatient. "I got out of my car because people started to blow through the light change and people didn't see what was going on so I'm like ok just go around don't go this way, go that way," said Peele who delivers mail for the U.S. Postal Service. Peele is glad that she was able to help "someone avoid getting into an even worse accident."

Cover image source: Facebook Screenshot | Boynton Beach Police Department

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