MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A Memphis police officer is resting at home thanks to more than a dozen good Samaritans who rushed to the rescue when her cruiser flipped multiple times.
It happened Friday morning along Mount Moriah Road in Hickory Hill.
One of the men who helped to keep the police officer’s cruiser leveled said it was a pretty powerful moment that shows Memphians from different backgrounds coming together to offer service to that officer in need.
“I love our city and I know our city has a big heart, that’s what it proved today,” said Kathryn Anne Mathney, a witness to the crash.
Mathney was on her way to work when she came across a terrible accident scene involving a Memphis Police officer.
“I saw the car flipping several times and as soon as I saw the car flipping it was a beautiful site because people were stopping, people from the offices across the street were getting out,” Mathney said.
She grabbed her phone and took a picture of the rescue. You could see several men holding the police cruiser steady so the officer inside isn’t injured any further.
“They were asking if anybody has a knife. And I have my pocket knife,” said J.C. Russell who works at Flex Works across the street from the accident scene.
His pocket knife was critical in the rescue.
“The officer uses that to cut the other officer’s seatbelt and as he’s doing that the car is on its side. So it’s moving and it’s looking like it’s actually going to fall again,” Russell explained. “So myself and a few of the other gentlemen come up and we try to stabilize it the best we can.”
The woman officer makes it out of the vehicle and is rushed to Regional One hospital for treatment, but the real heroes here are the good Samaritans who came to her aid.
“All we see is the bad stuff that comes with Memphis and this was the people of Memphis coming together showing support not only for our city but also our officers,” Russell said.
And the rescue comes full circle for Russell. When he was 5 years old he was run over by a mail truck, trapped under that vehicle. His family and neighbors helped to get him out. He says what happened Friday shows it was his time to give back.