Fort Myers police officer Gil Benitez wheels man to safety, rejects hero label

(WBBH/NBC NEWSCHANNEL) A Fort Myers police officer went above and beyond the call of duty to help a wheelchair-bound man stranded in a pounding rain storm, and it was all caught on a dashboard camera.

Officer Gil Benitez works the night beat. 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 found Michael Arnold sitting in his electric wheel chair on the side of the road.

"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.

Benitez said, he was just doing his job.

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