Mikaela Mathews | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Despite false imprisonment and lawsuits, Daylan McLee put his life on the line for a police officer this weekend.
In Uniontown, Pennsylvania, about 45 miles south of Pittsburgh, a police cruiser was involved in a car crash so loud McLee later recalled he thought it was a small earthquake. When he heard it was a crash, the 31-year-old Black man raced out of his house and pulled Officer Jay Hanley from the car as flames engulfed the cruiser.
“There is value in every human life. We are all children of God and I can’t imagine just watching anyone burn,” McLee said, according to Fox News. “No matter what other people have done to me, or other officers, I thought, ‘This guy deserves to make it home safely to his family.’”
Hanley was helicoptered to a hospital in West Virginia where he underwent surgery for a severe injury to his leg and is recovering.
Uniontown Police Lt. Thomas Kolencik got emotional thanking McLee for his bravery.
“Daylan actually said, ‘I’m not going to let him die,’” Kolencik said. “There’s just no words to describe, you know.”
Joining the chorus of gratitude were Hanley’s relatives on social media and phone calls from Hanley’s sister, fellow officers, and even the police chief.
McLee has had several run-ins with the law over the years. He filed a lawsuit in 2018 against four Pennsylvania State Troopers after he was wrongly imprisoned for a year over a 2016 fight outside of a bar. He came to his sister’s aid when a fight had broken out while she was drinking. He disarmed a man with a gun in the parking lot and fled. But as a trooper approached, he fired shots at McLee. The officer claimed McLee had aimed the weapon at him twice but security footage later falsified the claim.
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