A black man has been hailed as a hero after he bravely rescued a police officer from a burning car... Despite being treated unfairly by the same police department in the past.
Keep scrolling for further details on this heroic story...
Tensions surrounding our police force are continuing to escalate.
via: GettyEver since the death of George Floyd last month, more and more people have been speaking out against our police force, and the system in which it has been built upon.
Police racism has been casually happening across our country for centuries...
via: GettyAnd it needs to end now.
Over the last month, endless stories of violence have been emerging...
via: GettyAnd, as protestors continue to clash with the police, more and more people are getting hurt.
It's a truly terrifying time.
via: GettyBut sadly, in order for the message to be heard and received, these riots need to happen.
However, while the protests rage on...
via: GettyThere have been glimmering signs of hope amongst the violence.
So many heartwarming stories of solidarity have been emerging...
via: GettyLast month, we heard about the story of the Sheriff who put down his hat and weapons to march peacefully with the protesters.
And, at a protest in Houston, Texas, this police officer was seen comforting a frightened little girl.
via: TwitterA kind-hearted officer took the time to give a little girl, who had started crying as a result of the violence, a hug, and some words of comfort.
But now, one story, in particular, has gained viral attention.
via: GettyA protestor has been hailed as a hero after he rescued a police officer from his burning car.
Daylan McLee, from Pennsylvania, sprung to action when he witnessed a horrifying car crash on Sunday.
via: ABC NewsThe thirty-one-year-old was enjoying a Father's Day BBQ when PC Jay Hanley crashed his patrol car.
Hanley's car burst into flames...
via: ABC NewsUltimately trapping the officer inside.
But, luckily, McLee came to the rescue.
via: ABC NewsAccording to ABC News, he fearlessly ran towards the flaming car and "ripped open" the patrol car's door.
Once he had gained entry to the burning vehicle, McLee managed to then pull Henley out...
via: ABC NewsAnd he dragged him away to safety just before the vehicle exploded into flames.
McLee risked his life to save the police officer...
via: ABC NewsDespite having been treated unfairly by the department not too long ago.
Back in 2008, McLee was wrongly arrested after the police mistook him for a gunman during a brawl...
via: ABC NewsAnd, because of this, he spent a whole year behind bars before he was found to be not guilty of the crime.
He is also fighting an ongoing charge of resisting arrest against the same department...
via: ABC NewsWith claims that he was kicked in the mouth during his arrest.
But, thanks to his upbringing and his ethics, he was willing to put all of that behind him.
via: ABC NewsOn his actions, he said:
"We need to work on our humanity... that's the main problem of this world. We're stuck on how to get up or to get even, and that is not how I was raised to be. You learn you live, you move on and I was always taught to forgive big."
He doesn't believe in holding grudges.
via: ABC News"You can't base every day of your life off of one interaction you have with one individual."
Police Lt. Thomas Kolencik, who was there at the scene, became emotional when talking about the rescue.
via: ABC News"Daylan actually said, 'I´m not going to let him die,'" Kolencik said, with tears in his eyes. "There are just no words to describe, you know."
But what about Jay Hanley?
via: ABC NewsWell, the police officer is currently in hospital after having emergency surgery on his leg, and several of Hanley's relatives had thanked McLee for his bravery on social media Sunday and Monday.
What an incredible man.
via: ABC NewsFor more heroic stories, keep scrolling to read about the teenager who selflessly dived into a river to save a drowning toddler...