A group of citizens is being praised after video released by Florida police showed people stepping out of their vehicles to stop the car of a woman who was having a medical episode in the middle of a busy intersection, potentially saving her from a life-threatening crash.
The act of kindness happened on May 5 in Boynton Beach, just north of Boca Raton. Video footage released by the Boynton Beach Police Department shows a black vehicle beginning to drift from its lane and into the middle of the busy intersection as the stoplight turns red.
There, someone in a nearby vehicle ran out of a car and attempted to alert the driver, and oncoming traffic, about the dangerous situation. As the vehicle passed through the intersection, more drivers came to help and were able to stop the car from moving.
A few moments later, police said a woman grabbed a dumbbell from her car and gave it to a man who was able to smash one of the vehicle’s windows. Another man then climbed through the broken window and unlocked the car’s doors to put it in park.
Afterward, the group of people pushed the vehicle to a nearby 7-Eleven parking lot. A nurse gave medical instructions by phone to people that helped the woman until fire officials arrived.
“It’s an inspiration of goodness,” Stephanie Slater, public information officer for the Boynton Beach Police Department, told USA TODAY. “Given everything that’s going on in the world, it kind of restores your faith in humanity a bit. It’s beautiful. It really is a beautiful act of kindness and heroism.”
The woman having the medical episode, identified by CBS12 News as Laurie Rabyor, told the outlet a combination of high blood pressure pills and fasting for an upcoming medical procedure cause her to feel dizzy. She tried pulling into a nearby gas station, but said she started to convulse and hit the curb, adding she didn’t wake up until the next day.
Luckily, Rabyor said her co-worker was driving next to her and was the first person seen in the video getting out of her car.
Slater said people have felt inspired by the video posted on social media on Wednesday.
“The feedback that we’re seeing, as far as the comments on our social media, is that people are saying that they really needed to see something like that right now,” she said.
With the “power of social media,” several people have been identified and spoken with the department, Slater said. Those who helped Rabyor will be recognized by police Friday afternoon, and will receive gifts from some local businesses and the chance to speak with Rabyor.
Maybe then, Rabyor will be able to return something left in her car.
“I would like to give the other lady back her dumbbell because it was still in my car,” she told the outlet.
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