ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle in central Florida last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, officials said Monday.

Seminole County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said in a statement that deputies responding last Wednesday afternoon to the wreck in Sanford — the Orlando suburb where Martin was shot — found Zimmerman and another man had already helped a couple and their two children out of a flipped SUV off the road near Interstate 4. They were not hurt.

Zimmerman spoke with a deputy at the scene and then left, the sheriff’s office statement said. He did not see the crash happen.

This is believed to be the first time Zimmerman, 29, has been seen publicly since his acquittal on a second-degree murder charge in the 17-year-old Martin’s death in February 2012. Zimmerman’s parents and his attorneys have said in interviews since the verdict that they fear for his safety because of those who may not agree with it.

A message left at the office of Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara was not immediately returned Monday.

Robert Zimmerman, Jr. on Monday posted on his Twitter account about his brother’s actions: “George saw a need, he acted. Our parents taught us to help, never to boast. Humility is George’s finest trait.”

Martin’s shooting death spurred debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. Protesters nationwide lashed out against police in Sanford because it took 44 days for Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, to be arrested last year. Many, including Martin’s parents, said Zimmerman had racially profiled the unarmed black teen. Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, said he acted in self-defense during a fight with Martin.

Six female jurors, whose names have not been released, considered nearly three weeks of often wildly conflicting testimony over who was the aggressor on the rainy night Martin was shot while walking through the gated townhouse community where he was staying and where Zimmerman lived.

The acquittal prompted rallies nationwide in the days afterward calling for a civil rights investigation and federal charges against Zimmerman.

It also led to a sit-in at Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office demanding that legislators repeal the state’s stand-your-ground self-defense law. The law, passed in 2005, generally eliminated a person’s duty to retreat in the face of a serious physical threat. At least 21 states have a self-defense law similar to Florida’s.

What do you think? Does this story sound true to you?

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14 thoughts on “Officials: Zimmerman Helped 4 Out of Wrecked SUV

  1. Nilaja on said:

    You must be the most gullible people on the planet. This story isn’t true. It’s a publicity stunt to raise the status of a murderer.

  2. JanCorey on said:

    Congratulations George Zimmerman, again, for helping in yet another situation where you clearly are a hero once again; thank you George. 🙂 And, no dope-head attacked him with a cement sidewalk and a metal can in their hoodie either.

    • Jiggy5 on said:

      Jan, don’t you read the news? Trayvon was an innocent 12 y/o riding a pony, wearing a Hollister t-shirt and eating Skittles. Come correct girl.

      • JanCorey on said:

        You’re right Jiggy5, was Trayvon the one with the huge candy-lollypop too. Never mind he attacked a person while being armed with a metal can in his hoodie as he used a cement sidewalk to bash a victim’s head against, repeatedly, while telling the victim he was going to kill him, never mind all those incidentals. Personally though, anyone that believe Trayvon was an innocent victim needs to have their own head bashed, repeatedly, against a cement walkway, sustain viewable injuries, and see how they feel about Trayvon’s innocence while under-going that treatment. Line ‘um up.

  3. JanCorey on said:

    Congratulations George Zimmerman, again, for helping in yet another situation where you clearly are a hero once again; thank you George. 🙂

    • Jiggy5 on said:

      Jan, might be rushing it a bit right now with all race baiters still protesting….. But, Zimmerman for president in 2016? Crazy right?

      • JanCorey on said:

        I’d vote George Zimmerman for president in any year. Maybe then, he can eliminate the problems caused by thugs like Trayvon Martin and prosecute parents of those child-thuggster and place the parents in prison for endangering our communities with predators like Trayvon.

  4. Zimmerman's still an ASS on said:

    Of course this is true, if they would have been African American, he would have assumed the car was stolen and shot them.

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