Officer rescues man from burning SUV
Last updated 11:37 p.m. ET, Feb. 28
On Feb. 22, an officer in Texas saved a 29-year-old man from a burning vehicle, according to Corpus Christi police. When police officer Jon McGinley reached the scene of the crash on a highway turn ramp, he saw the SUV was on fire. Using a baton, McGinley smashed the vehicle’s window to open the door and free the man inside. A passer-by assisted the officer, and the man was taken to the hospital for treatment. Watch the video above to see the rescue.
Shaq, police pick up teens with basketball
A police officer in Gainesville, Fla., caused a stir in January when, in response to a noise complaint about kids playing basketball in the street, he joined them. The kids were having fun and not committing crimes, as a post on the Gainesville Police Department’s Facebook page noted. The video of how police officer Bobby White handled the situation went viral and has been viewed more than 17 million times. One of those viewers was Shaquille O’Neal. The NBA superstar dropped in on the police department and went back with White to play a game of pickup basketball with the kids. Watch the video above to learn more.
Calif. officers rescue woman
Two California officers responded to calls from motorists about a woman who was seated on a platform of the Bay Bridge with no safety railings. Watch the video above to learn more about what happened.
Cops get into the Christmas spirit
Instead of handing out traffic tickets, law enforcement in Monroe County, Ga., and South Florida this December gave out donations and gifts to drivers they stopped to help them out just before the holidays. The Georgia sheriff’s office received an anonymous gift of about $5,000 from someone who asked them to do just that. And Fort Lauderdale police, with help from Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, Best Buy and Target, conducted Operation Santa Stop 2015 to give back to the community. Happy holidays!
“I could feel in my heart that he needed to finish, there was a purpose for him doing so and he wanted to accomplish the goal. I am just glad I was in a position to help him do that.” That’s how Sgt. John Cain explained jumping into a South Carolina marathon to help an injured runner make it over the finish line. Take a look at the inspirational moment above. Get more information from the Savannah Chatham Police Department at USA TODAY’s For the Win blog.