Black man Daylan McLee, ‘rips open’ car door to save white officer from his burning vehicle – two years after wrongful arrest
- Daylan McLee, 31, was having a Father’s Day barbecue when crash happened
- He ran outside to find officer Jay Hanley pinned inside his burning patrol car
- McLee managed to pull the car door open and dragged Hanley to safety
- He ran to help the officer despite suing police for wrongful arrest in 2018
A black man has been hailed a hero after he saved the life of a white cop who got trapped in his burning patrol car during a horror crash – despite being wronged by police in the past.
Daylan McLee, 31, from Pennsylvania, ran to help Jay Hanley after he heard the officer get into a crash while having a Father’s Day barbecue at his house on Sunday.
McLee ‘ripped open’ the patrol car’s door and dragged Hanley to safety as the vehicle burst into flames, meaning he escaped with non-life threatening injuries.
McLee risked his life to save Hanley despite suing the Pennsylvania police department for wrongful arrest in 2018 after he spent a year in jail because officers mistook him for a gunman during a brawl.
He is currently fighting a charge of resisting arrest against the same department, claiming he was kicked in the mouth during his arrest.
Daylan McLee, 31, from Pennsylvania, ran to save a police officer from his burning car after hearing a crash take place as he had a Father’s Day barbecue at home on Sunday
Officer Jay Hanley (pictured) suffered a serious leg injury in the crash and was trapped in the burning vehicle, until McLee ripped open the door and dragged him out
McLee said: ‘We need to work on our humanity… that’s the main problem of this world.
‘We’re stuck on how to get up or to get even, and that is not how I was raised to be. You learn, you live, you move on and I was always taught to forgive big.
‘You can’t base every day of your life off of one interaction you have with one individual.’
The incident comes amid anti-racism protests across America sparked by the killing of George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis.
Speaking about the rescue itself, McLee said: ‘I don’t know what came across me, but I ripped the door open and just pulled him to safety across the street.’