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Man wronged in past by police saves officer from burning car

Daylan McLee sits on the porch of his home in Uniontown, Pa., Monday, June 22, 2020. On Sunday McLee helped pull Uniontown Police Officer Jay Hanley from his burning patrol car following a collision. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Daylan McLee sits on the porch of his home in Uniontown, Pa., Monday, June 22, 2020. On Sunday McLee helped pull Uniontown Police Officer Jay Hanley from his burning patrol car following a collision. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)(Gene J. Puskar | AP)
Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 5:46 PM EDT
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UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man is being credited with saving a police officer’s life after he helped pull him from a burning car Sunday night.

Daylan McLee said he didn’t hesitate to save a human life.

The 31-year-old Black man has had several bad interactions with police officers, having filed a wrongful arrest lawsuit against Pennsylvania State Police after he spent a year in jail before being acquitted in a situation where video showed he had disarmed a gunman, not pointed a gun at officers.

The 31-year-old said it wasn’t a complicated decision to help another human being. But even some of his close friends wondered if he hesitated because of his previous interactions with a few law enforcement officers.

McLee said Monday he wants more people to look at individuals and not judge all police based on one interaction.

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