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UNIONTOWN, Pa. – It was a violent crash with car parts thrown all over the sidewalk. A police officer was pulled from his cruiser by a quick-thinking bystander as it caught on fire.

“Human life, there ain’t nothing like it. The world would be a better place if we started picking one another up instead of kicking each other when we’re down. I’d do that for anybody,” Daylan McLee said.

McLee said he didn’t think twice about rushing over to help.

“Crazy sight to see anybody make it out of that. God was definitely there,” he said. “He was trying to pull the door open and couldn’t get it. I ran across, back across, I ripped it open and just when I ripped it open, the whole front of the car was engulfed in flames.”

Uniontown Officer Jay Hanley is resting in the hospital and could be walking soon.

McLee is being called a hero by his community and the Uniontown police department. Despite having a federal lawsuit still pending against four state troopers from a 2016 incident, McLee said he does not hold any resentment.

“I wish that the world could see people for people,” he said.

Officer Hanley was airlifted to a hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. The other person injured was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

The crash happened just before 6 p.m. Sunday along East Fayette Street, according to 911 dispatchers.


A bystander saved a police officer after an accident before the officer’s cruiser burst into flames.