FAYETTE COUNTY, Pa. (KDKA) – A Fayette County man is credited with saving the life of a police officer after he helped remove the officer from a burning car.
On Sunday, the police officer was rushed to a hospital in Morgantown, W. Va., After a two-vehicle accident in Uniontown on East Fayette Street.
Daylan McLee was at a Father’s Day family meal when she looked outside and saw the police officer trapped on the ground by his cruise ship after the accident.
“I know this man is my brother through Christ, and I couldn’t leave him behind,” McLee told KDKA. “There were people outside screaming. Sorry in the house. It was like a jolt.
Viewers say that at the time, McLee had Herculean strength, dragging the police officer out of the car before it caught fire.
McLee says he had a thought.
“I haven’t had the best past with the police, just to know that there are still good people out there,” McLee said.
Officer Jay Hanley of the Uniontown Police Department was in the wrecked car and is expected to make a full recovery.
Hanley’s family and the city say they are grateful and credit McLee for saving the police officer’s life.
“It was a horrible accident, it was bad,” said Uniontown Mayor Bill Gerke. “But something good came out of it.”
While the nation has suffered tensions between police and communities, McLee and his father say the message to help is clear.
“To teach humanity, teach children that it is okay to communicate with officers. Not everyone is bad, not everyone is bad, ”said McLee.
“He showed his true character, he showed that he is a real man,” said McLee’s father, Derrick Snyder. “He loves people, he has a heart, he believes in humanity. He believes in change. “
A boy who recognized McLee on Monday stopped to give him a bracelet that says “The Revolution of Kindness.”
Daylan McLee says when she saw a Uniontown officer trapped inside a burning police cruiser on Father’s Day, she thought, “I know this man is my brother through Christ and I couldn’t leave him behind.” He is credited with saving the officer’s life. A @KDKA hero’s message tonight. pic.twitter.com/xoXlXXnWhy
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Uniontown Police are asking for prayers for Officer Hanley and the other driver.