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Video: Despite lightning, rain, officer helps stranded man

By Lindsey Fry, NBC News   |  Posted May 26th, 2011 @ 8:04am



FORT MYERS, Florida — A Florida police officer went above and beyond the call of duty to help a wheelchair bound man stranded in a pounding rain storm, and it was all caught on a dashboard camera.

Officer Gil Benitez works the night beat. On the night of Thursday, Aug. 14, around 8:30 p.m. he received an unusual call of a man in a wheelchair stuck in the rain.

"It was raining so hard, I couldn't even see the stop sign" Benitez said.

He found Michael Arnold sitting in his electric wheel chair on the side of the road.

"The wind picked up like crazy" Arnold said. "I got to the end of the street and everything just stopped on me."

Arnold was just a block away from his home.

Within seconds of Benitez arriving to help Arnold, lightning struck near the two. After checking himself, he finished the job he started.

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