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Caught on Cam: Officer Wheels Man to Safety

Ft. Myers, FL (WBBH) — A Fort Myers police officer goes above and beyond the call of duty – and it’s all caught on a dashboard camera.

Fort Myers police officer Gil Benitez works the night beat. He tells us his nights are far from boring.

On Thursday night, 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” said Benitez.

He responded to Bent Creek Loop, where he saw Michael Arnold sitting in his electric wheel chair on the side of the road.

Arnold says, he was on his way home when his chair suddenly stopped working.

“The wind picked up like crazy” said Arnold. “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.

Even after that close call, Benitez pushed Arnold all the way home. He dried him off and stayed with him until Arnold’s family arrived.

“There’s not many nice people in the U.S. but you’ll come across one, or two people, or three people, that are saying I’ve got to help, and that’s what they did,” said Arnold.

But Benitez said, he was just doing his job.

“Any one of us would have done it, I just happened to be there first” said Bonitez.

But to Arnold, Benitez did more than his job that day – he saved his life.