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Zimmerman briefly emerges from hiding to help rescue family

Zimmerman briefly emerges from hiding to help rescue family

ABC News reports that the first public sighting of Zimmerman since his acquittal occurred late last week while he was pulling a man from an overturned pickup truck on the side of the road.

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.

The good samaritan act put Zimmerman’s efforts to remain hidden from the public eye on hold for a moment. Efforts that most would agree are well founded.

Since the night of the shooting, Zimmerman, as well as just about anyone remotely linked to him, have experienced threats of violence and death to varying degrees, according to ABC News.

“We have had an enormous amount of death threats. George’s legal counsel has had death threats, the police chief of Sanford, many people have had death threats,” Zimmerman’s father, Robert Zimmerman said.”‘Everyone with Georgie’s DNA should be killed’ — just every kind of horrible thing you can imagine.”

I’m not sure what, if any, effect this random act of kindness will have on the barrage of threats the Zimmerman camp has been exposed to over the last 16 months.

If nothing else, perhaps it can serve at least to show a more human side of a man who has been fairly consistently vilified by many on the national media stage.

UPDATE 7/22/2013 at 5:00pm EDT:  Breitbart News reports that Zimmerman also assisted in extinguishing the fire.

According to Sanford Police, Zimmerman had a fire extinguisher with him. The eyewitness told Breitbart News he helped assist the family out of the vehicle and put out the fire with the extinguisher.


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The racism by pro-Trademark people has been unbelievable. I saw comment that asked if the family was white, saying a racist like Zimmerman would save a white family but kill a black “child.”

    Actual TMZ headline & tweet:

    George Zimmerman — Crash Victims Were WHITE— TMZ (@TMZ) July 22, 2013

    Seriously. It’s come to this.

    Twitchy collected some good responses, though.

    Radegunda in reply to rokiloki. | July 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I saw a bunch of ridiculous comments like that at the Daily Mail, from the U.S. and the UK: e.g. he first made sure they were white (or Hispanic); he’s just trying to look like a hero after getting away with murder; etc.

    The mass media succeeded in planting a totally false picture of Zimmerman (and of Martin) in people’s minds. Now there’s cognitive dissonance, so people concoct absurd stories to force new facts into the false picture

Another little vignette of Zimmerman being the kind of neighbor all of us should aspire to be.

I heard one racist from a Trayvon rally depicting O’Mara as a KKK member and “mo-fo”.

Really, at this point, any doubts about who the STATE APPROVED racists are…???

LukeHandCool | July 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Why was George following them?

I can’t wait to hear ABC’s edited version of George’s 911 call.

OmegaPaladin | July 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I’m waiting for the people stating “Zimmerman should not have gotten involved here. He should have just called 911 and stayed in his car.”

    Observer in reply to OmegaPaladin. | July 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Yes, once again Zimmerman gets out of his vehicle to try and be a good neighbor.

    When will the guy learn?

    (Good for you, George. Don’t let the bastards get you down!)

    Browndog in reply to OmegaPaladin. | July 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    You’ve waited too long already-

    From my local liberal rag–Detroit Free Press (

    in the comments

    Theresa Root · Top Commenter

    who’s to say he didnt cause more damage to those people than not? You’re supposed to secure the scene and let trained professionals extracate, not just pull people out. This man has some kind of hero issues. No thank you – direct trafiic around me and keep your untrained hands off of me thank you very much.

      Ragspierre in reply to Browndog. | July 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      I would accommodate her. No matter how pitiable her pleas.

      I might piss on her if she was on fire, because I am one of nature’s noblemen. I might need a waiver from her first, though.

      Observer in reply to Browndog. | July 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Was commenter Theresa Root under the impression that the roll-over rendered all the vehicle occupants mute? Because I didn’t see that fact reported in the story I read.

      If the victims didn’t want Mr. Zimmerman’s assistance, they could have communicated that to him, either with words or gestures. As for Ms. Root, if in a future vehicle crash she prefers to be left in the road to be incinerated in a fuel fire or run over by another vehicle, that’s her choice (and I’m willing to respect her choice, should I happen to drive by the scene of her accident).

      Juba Doobai! in reply to Browndog. | July 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      It would help if she posted her picture so citizen heroes can leave her in her burning car until the official responders come to extricate her without hurting her. If she’s still alive then, of course.

      Radegunda in reply to Browndog. | July 22, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Hey, nobody licensed him to be a traffic cop. How dare he try to “direct traffic”!

It will only reinforce the hate against Zimmerman. I have already seen serious comments on MSM newspaper stories’ web pages claiming that the incident was staged. (Detroit Free Press, if anyone cares to look.)

    gospace in reply to Chem_Geek. | July 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I’ve seen the same comments. Kind of tough to stage this without Hollywood assistance- and all of Hollywood are anti-Zimmerman, so we know that didn’t happen.

    smokefan in reply to Chem_Geek. | July 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I’ve even seen comments snarking that he must have shot out the tires on the SUV. (With the gun the DOJ won’t let him have back.)

      I don’t bother reading those comments for the most part.

      Years ago, during the George Bush hate era, North Korea shot off its nuclear warhead. A commenter on Huff Po, or one of those lunitic sites, said Bush and North Korea’s leader conspired to do it to scare the American people.

    I saw a similar comment over at from some racist called Frankenstein.

    Old0311 in reply to Chem_Geek. | July 23, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Nothing worth a sack of cow poop has come out of Detroit in years. Chicago too, for that matter.

    MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to EBL. | July 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I always suspected that was a wig.

    GrumpyOne in reply to EBL. | July 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Now there’s the person who should be targeted for racial profiling…

    Old0311 in reply to EBL. | July 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Which would make Angela Corey a person whose description cannot be cleaned up enough to be spoken in mixed company. See nothing has really changed.

PLEASE, LORD !!!!! Let the folks he helped be black !!!!!

    Vince in reply to pjm. | July 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    They’ll just brush it off as george being an racial opportunist or it was ‘staged’ 🙂

LukeHandCool | July 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Al Sharpton thought bubble:

“God, I beg you, Please make sure the family George saved from that burning vehicle are not black.”

Carol Herman | July 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm

The king is born in England. I knew this would take the headlines off of Zimmerman. And, then he goes out of his house (in Sanford), and rescues 4 people whose car rolled over. He really is a hero!

    Get it right Carol. He is not the king of England, but he is the future king, being 3rd in line to the throne and displaces Prince Harry who slips down to 4th place.

So he’s also a wannabe ambulance driver…

    GrumpyOne in reply to ddreyer. | July 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    …closely followed by a herd of trial lawyers..

    Observer in reply to ddreyer. | July 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Eric Holder probably has DOJ legal interns busily researching whether or not there are any federal crimes for unauthorized use of a fire extinguisher, or illegally parking on the shoulder of the road, or crossing against the traffic, etc.

    “There must be something we can charge him with . . . . !”

      Uncle Samuel in reply to Observer. | July 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      As Josef Stalin’s secret police chief Lavrenti Beria put it: “Find me the man, and I’ll find the crime.”

      not_surprised in reply to Observer. | July 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      I heard angela corey was going to charge him with child abuse cause he pulled the adults out first. lol

      I hope it’s true, GZ nice deed!

Hi 911,

My name is George Zimmerman and I’m helping out at a rollover accident involving 2 adults and 2 children.

Operator: What color is the vehicle?

George: Are you nuts! I know better than to give you the color of something when asked.

    smokefan in reply to TheBK. | July 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Operator: OK. Are there any injuries?

    George: Yeah, there’s a leg injury, I’m helping stanch the bleeding.

    Operator: Yeah, we don’t need you to do that.

    MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to TheBK. | July 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Actually he would have said it’s red or blue. ( If you followed the jury selection, you would understand. )

Waiting for CNBC headline: Zimmerman Follows Terrified Family Causing Turnover

‘Zimmerman approaches over-turned vehicle, asks occupants what they are doing in the neighborhood.’

LukeHandCool | July 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm

If it turns out the family George saved is black, he’ll be accused of profiling them as reckless drivers.

Did you see a whole 300 showed up at the TM rally in Miami and in the country’s 2nd most populous city LA 400 were on hand. 2000 were supposedly on hand in New York according to the NY Times but NYPD claims only 1000 attended. Most of the NY protestors were probably there to see Beyonce and Jay-Z who didn’t speak. In other news Illinois Rep. Monique Davis is blaming the Chicago Police Department for the high number of killings there, without any proof. Davis while on Detroit’s WCHB-AM radio on July 16 said “I’m going to tell you what some suspicions have been, and people have whispered to me: they’re not sure that black people are shooting all of these children,” Davis radio audience.
She continued saying, “There’s some suspicion — and I don’t want to spread this, but I’m just going to tell you what I’ve been hearing — they suspect maybe the police are killing some of these kids.” How are people like this elected to office? She slimes over 13,000 men and women with baseless accusations and guess what she’s a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ, Rev. Jeremiah Wrights and Obama’s former church. She’s also a member of Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Operation PUSH/Rainbow Coalition. Figures.

    verm in reply to styro1. | July 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    How can the police kill these people when the police themselves are afraid to enter this part of the city?

    Baker in reply to styro1. | July 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I have noted the lack of any attention from the media on how puny the total turnout was for 100 locations in major cities through out the country. I think the media was so surprised that they can’t admit the massive protests (and potential violence) they envisioned just didn’t happen.

    I thought the appropriate headlines should have been:


    (I’m sure there’s a Snoop Dog joke in there somewhere but I’m not sure I’m up to it today.)


Yeah, he tried to do a good deed, but NBC released the video from the accident and you can hear GZ saying ‘Fucking coons, they always wreck their trucks…’

“If Zimmerman didn’t cause the crash, why didn’t he wait for the cops?….again!”

You can help people who want to be helped. That’s what I’ve learned,

I bet the SUV was black if it was white GZ wouldn’t have paid it no mind. Did it have a hood….ie

#1 on list for ‘Superman Cape.’ He has earned it

    surrexit lex in reply to tencz65. | July 23, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Maybe, but then when General Zod destroys the Earth it will totally be Zimmerman’s fault. Especially since he knows full well that women and minorities will be hardest hit.

Holy smashed narratives Batman, did that just happen?

The 911 tape was just released.

Operator: 911 emergency.

Zimmerman: There’s a burning truck that’s overturned on the highway. We need help.

Operator: What color is the truck?

Zimmerman: It looks black. I’m going to help get the people out.

Operator: We don’t need you to do that.

Zimmerman: Ok.

“Since the night of the shooting, Zimmerman, as well as just about anyone remotely linked to him, have experienced threats of violence and death to varying degrees, according to ABC News.”

Where is the NSA when such terroristic threats are being issued?

ProfessionalSpectator | July 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Let’s be honest, if it turns out the people he helped were black, the media report will be: “The people George Zimmerman helped turned out to be African American in appearance, but diligent research has confirmed that they might have white ancestors somewhere in their family tree. Henceforth, their race will be referenced as White-Black.”

I’m wondering if the accident was caused by a drone strike ordered by Holder and hit the wrong vehicle.

Fred Thompson | July 22, 2013 at 5:22 pm

It doesn’t matter that GZ saved the family. You have to look back earlier – he had to get out of his car to do it. That evinced a depraved mind.

Huffington Post is running the story with a photo of Trayvon Martin at the bottom. The photo is bigger than the one of Zimmerman. Pathetic.

dorsaighost | July 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Call to 911: I see an overturned SUV with people trapped inside. I’m getting out of my car to help them.
911 Dispatcher: We don’t need you to do that.

I smell a future civil rights indictment …

When Obama was asked to comment on the heroism displayed by Zimmerman, he replied that GZ was acting like ‘…a typical white person.’

Zimmerman’s grandmother on his mother’s side was Black. That makes him a lot more Black than Liz Warren is Cherokee.

Zimmerman’s mother says the family is “proudly Afro-Peruvian.”

Even though Zimmerman is a registered Democrat who voted for Obama, he’s considered a White-Hispanics as late as a few days ago by AP.

Uncle Samuel | July 22, 2013 at 5:51 pm

More responses from left and right to Zimmerman’s good citizen act
courtesy of Twitchy

GZ: the wannabe paramedic!

Uncle Samuel | July 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Tonight at 9 on MSNBC: Obama talks about his auto accident 35 years ago.

    Observer in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Was that the same accident Obama had when he was a recent law school graduate, and he needed the claims adjuster at his insurance company to explain to him why his liability coverage wouldn’t pay for his collision damage?

    Harvard Law must be so proud.

What a pity…

The family just left 7-11, to get Skittles and ice tea for the children…

..then they met George Zimmerman.

Uncle Samuel | July 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Interesting tweet from Larry Elder:

Larry Elder ‏@larryelder – ACLU at first urged federal charges against Zimmerman. They’ve done a 180. Now ACLU OPPOSES charges.

Angela Corey to charge GZ with perjury. During call to 911 he said a truck overturned when in fact it was an SUV. BDLR says “See another lie, everything this man says is a lie”.

Al Sharpton calls press conference at the intersection of I-4 and route Route 46; cars line up to have windshield washed.

Henry Hawkins | July 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Now, if George can just manage to save the country from a major terrorist attack, he might be able to start that long trek back to racial redemption.

BrokeGopher | July 22, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Angela Corey has several witnesses who say it was Trayvon Martin pulling people out of that car.

    smokefan in reply to BrokeGopher. | July 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Unfortunately one of the witnesses is Jon Good, and he testified the guy with the fire extinguisher was lighter skinned and wearing a red shirt.

Very interesting, but not new to most on this thread – the Martin / Zimmerman “Afterburner” by Bill Whittle …

Given Trayvon Martin’s criminal records, he probably would have robbed them.

If Obama came across them trapped in the car, he’d probably keep on going.

    If BO came across the overturned vehicle, he’d try to make it all about himself and not pay any attention to the people needing rescued. He’s very narcissistic.

Seen elsewhere on the net:

‘On September 11, 2012, Obama could have saved four lives in Benghazi, but he chose not to…’


I have had 3 written death threats sent through the mail and in my state it is not against the law unless followed through with injury or death to me according to law enforcement nor would the post office do anything. And such threats are not sufficient to obtain a CCW. You hope the threats were just attempts to intimidate you, which did not work with me. But it was always in the back of my mind and I ran through “what if” situations just in case.

Some of those making the threats in the Zimmerman situation could be ID’ed and arrested if the law allows it. The media should be engaged and people shown that there are consequences for such actions, but I doubt that will happen even if the law allows it in Florida. Now if it was a public official threatened, the law would respond. It is, IMO, unconstitutional to have laws that call for a response to threats for officials but not for people like me or Zimmerman.

Juba Doobai! | July 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Special Prosecutor Charges George Zimmerman for Unlawful Assistance of Accident Victims. Te trial will be televised.

News flash – Eric Holder confiscates the fire extinguisher for civil rights investigation….

EPA may get involved on pollution charges.

NLRB is checking his fire fighter’s union card.

OSHA is investigating to see if the extinguisher was properly labelled, and rated for that type of fire. Also if GZ made sure all people in the area had proper safety goggles on.

FEC is alleging that there were election materials in the truck, and GZ damaged them.

Black Panthers marching because the powder made everything white.

Best tweet of the day…

“The most famous white Hispanic helped rescue 4 Americans. The most famous black Caucasian refused to rescue 4 Americans! Who’s A HATER?”

Wish I had thought of that…

(Sourced from Power Line)

That wannabee fireman was probably carrying a fully-loaded fire extinguisher … just looking for trouble.

[…] save the lives of Dana and Mark Gerstle and their two children. I guess its a good thing that Zimmerman emerged from hiding to help save this family. Might I add Zimmerman had to hide because if the death threats and the […]

Uncle Samuel | July 23, 2013 at 2:42 am

Robert Zimmerman, Jr. said it best:

Robert Zimmerman JR @rzimmermanjr

George saw a need, he acted. Our parents taught us to help, never to boast. Humility is George’s finest trait. >>

Uncle Samuel | July 23, 2013 at 3:07 am

Taking a sinister turn – Leftist plant holds racist sign at a Pro-Zimmerman rally in Houston

This is a tactic the Hard-core Communist Left – they will use any means to discredit, deride and destroy anyone who stands in the way of their agenda.

surrexit lex | July 23, 2013 at 5:47 am

Word is the accident was caused by a drone strike narrowly missing its intended target. Better luck next time, Mr. President…

Henry Hawkins | July 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Nice work, George, but you’re no Corey Booker yet.