No, that racist vigilante did not rescue a family

 This first appeared at IVN.

This was a suspicious story from the beginning.

We have seen news reports of protesters doing thousands of dollars of damage to be wrong. The claims of separate attacks by protesters over the Zimmerman verdict turned out to be false. Now added to the list of  false news reports appears to be the story of George Zimmerman heroically rescuing a family of four from a burning SUV.

The initial report was that George Zimmerman was ‘just coincidentally’ driving by after a car accident occurred, that he leaped out of his vehicle, fire extinguisher in hand, to come to the rescue of the family of four trapped inside as the vehicle caught fire, pulling them to safety. That was followed by the claim that the family he rescued had planned a press event to thank George Zimmerman, but that they canceled due to threats from Trayvon Martin supporters.

It appears they may have canceled the event because they did not want to be part of the fraud of making Zimmerman out to be a hero, when that story was not precisely true.


What did occur was that an accident occurred where a car slid on it’s side into a median. People at the scene called 911, which went to the Sanford office of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. BEFORE responding to the 911 call, News reports that Seminole Sheriff’s Dept. Officer Patrick Rehder, a self-styled friend and supporter of Zimmerman, contacted Zimmerman by cell phone directing him to go to the accident so as to appear to be a hero.      News also provides a social media screen capture of a curious statement about Rehder taking pleasure when someone gets credit for something they did not do.

Rehder’s name appears on the accident report as the responding officer; social media shows his connection to Zimmerman.

I have contacted, seeking to verify with their source the claim about the phone records for myself, offering the same confidentiality protection they do. That is still a work in progress.  I’m also attempting to verify information relating to this and other statements made by the SCSO with the SCSO, but so far have come up against recorded messages.  I will persevere for more answers during normal business hours on Monday 7/29.

There were plenty of people driving by who witnessed the accident, and stopped to help the family out of the vehicle, IMMEDIATELY when the accident happened, who saw the accident as it happened,  BEFORE Zimmerman showed up, according to the 911 calls, but no ‘thank you’ press conference mentioning anyone else by name specifically was scheduled by the family, and no mention of anyone other than Zimmerman was made by the sheriff.

This was presented as a rescue from a burning SUV, but CLEARLY everyone was out well before any possible fire was detected, per the 911 calls.  And if a vehicle is on fire – and this might have just been radiator steam, no color of ‘smoke’ is mentioned – the best that someone could do with one of the small fire extinguishers designed to be carried in vehicles could at best only put out a small electrical fire, which is not usually what is meant by a burning car crash or a fiery accident.  The fire aspect, which so far is unconfirmed, and not mentioned in the official accident report filed by Officer Rehder.  Rehder mentions the car’s brakes, he mentions the tire wear, he mentions that the air bags did not deploy.  NO mention is made of any fire, which would seem to contradict by the omission that this was a ‘fiery car crash’.

Zimmerman showed up AFTER he was called by a SCSO member according to a report at News,  Zimmerman then got out of his car with a fire extinguisher, and apparently left without doing anything especially heroic.  You can hear the course of events here in the 911 calls; many people who were there as the accident happened stopped to get people out, and the fire and smoke problem from the calls, appeared some time after they were out of the car.  As you can hear from the calls, people were out before there was a smoke or fire problem; Zimmerman did not appear to risk his life to pull anyone out of a burning car, as was claimed. :

So, we have the claim that George Zimmerman just happened to be at the accident several days after his verdict called into question. We have established a relationship between George Zimmerman and the responding officer. We have a discrepancy between the claimed role of Zimmerman and both the 911 calls and the accident report filed by Zimmerman supporter Officer Rehder.
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We have the actual extraction of the people in the accident by multiple citizens coming to the rescue who witnessed the accident, according to the 911 calls, we have the report in 911 calls that everyone was OUT of the vehicle for some time before there was any question of smoke or fire, and we have the sheriff and the victim ONLY mentioning George Zimmerman – by name. But there is no mention by anyone, especially the Sheriff’s office, of the  other ‘good samaritans’ who appear to have done the actual hard part of helping people out of the car lying on its side.

We have no independent verification that Zimmerman was even there, much less that he did anything heroic.  No photos, no cell phone video, no police video, no other people who were present as indicated by the 911 calls that support that Zimmerman was there, or did what was claimed – that he pulled people from a flaming car wreck.

That seems distinctly odd, on top of the suspicious timing of this heroic Zimmerman rescue.  Enough strange and implausible quirks make this SUV accident rescue appear fake.

What we also have is at least one additional donation to Zimmerman in the amount of $12,000 dollars to buy more guns. It is reasonable to assume that a report of Zimmerman heroically saving a family from a burning car crash would have a favorable affect on donations to Zimmerman as a ‘good guy’, not the opposite. In the larger context of timing and skepticism about the coincidence of the timing is that Zimmerman apparently needs the money, after his trial.  The question of fraud and fakery, or at the very least exaggeration, has a direct connection to donations to him being larger or smaller.

THIS new challenge to Zimmerman’s integrity  in addition to the misrepresentation of funds donated when bail was set, as well as the conflicting statements made to police and in court, is why protesters both distrust BOTH George Zimmerman and the local Florida LEOs, and are protesting the validity of the trial verdict.  It is also part of why there is opposition to the SYG laws that make it easier for someone to get away with homicide.


People in this conversation

  • Guest - Johnny

    What a slimeball, him and the cop are both scum of the earth.

  • Guest - Patricia

    Good post. I appreciate the fairness. George Zimmerman seems to be pathological as does his police buddy. The police man needs to be off the force. Zimmerman needs to disappear. He's a sorry person but he obviously thrives on the limelight, even such an ugly limelight.

    Trayvon Martin's mother is a wonderful person. Her words today were so moving. I hope Trayvon's death will be a catalyst to make a better world and get rid of Stand Your Ground. George Zimmerman would not have felt so arrogant and threatening without that gun on him.

  • Guest - matt

    In reply to: Guest - Patricia

    Stand your ground had 0% to do with the case, if you watched the trial or knew anything about what happened you would of known that, secondly they said they could NOT confirm with the sources that this is in fact what happened, and lastly a medium sized fire extinguisher CAN put out a car fire because Ive done it.

  • Guest - James M. Martin

    Zimmers doesn't want to SAVE anyone. He wants to shoot them. Drat!, he missed an opportunity.

  • Guest - Carl

    Any police officer who would stage such a thing should be fired. That's despicable and disgusting!

  • Guest - Adam Darby

    I had my doubts about this as well! Will be interesting to see how this plays out. However - "that creepy ass cracker"? Could you have picked a better URL? Racial slurs are the very sort of thing that we need to be trying to put an END to!

  • Guest - An actual cracker

    Really.... Cracker?!
    He isn't even fucking white!
    And since when has it been ok to start calling people racial slurs? I never called tryvon a nigger.

  • Guest - jason

    In reply to: Guest - An actual cracker

    you just did...

  • Guest - Random

    In reply to: Guest - jason

    Seems like someone doesn't get the difference between saying a word and referring to a word

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  • Guest - matt

    The author of this admits in the second paragraph he has not confirmed any of these sources....

  • Guest - tinikia

    Google the jury instructions to see how many rimes SYG is listed in them fir the jury to make a decision. You don't know the facts of the trial.

  • Guest - tanya marquette

    The Police State of Florida never wanted to arrest Zimmerman. The State has a long and ongoing record of massive racism against African-Americans in particular and anyone else they think will vote Democratic. The school-to-prison pipeline is in full swing with ongoing terrorism of very young children for the most minor behavior infractions. Thus, is was never a surprise that the a biased jury was chosen, the judge gave very restrictive and constrictive directions to the jury and the State put on a bogus case against Zimmerman guaranteed to get him released. And it is also no wonder that so many Americans are totally enraged at the verdict and are demanding it be reviewed. This man Zimmerman is a walking human disaster with a lot of arrogance now. He is a frightening piece of work and should not be allowed on the streets.

  • Tanya: You are very right about the state of Florida, i usted to live in Fountainbleu, Miami Florida, in Orlando and in Tampa, FL. And I have a couple of cousins there who are hardcore ultra-right wingers who voted for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan of The Republican Party in the november 6, 2012 presidential elections of USA.

    I used to live in that state, and there is lots and lots of hardcore narcissism, family-narcissism, group-narcissism, emotional contagion (People imitating the fashions and behaviour patterns of others), and we also have to realize that Florida is a tourism state, a spanish celebrity state, and the paradise of the white european middle class oppressors who migrated from Latin America and The Caribbean. Florida is a place for many right-wing middle class families who have moved from Latin American nations who before the Bolivarian Governments of South America were ruled by a feudalist, plutocratic oligarchical racist slavery of unspeakable consequences for the working class of those countries, who would make Hitler and Caligula saints

    Those nations before the rise of Hugo Chavez, Rafael Correa and the other Bolivarian Governments were hardcore feudalist dynasties, literally slavery not even developed capitalist states, where people worked almost for free, for 200 dollars per months and even less than, specially for unskilled labor like cleaners, cooks, maids etc

    In the city of Miami, Florida the black people are worthy of compassion, pitty and rescue, they live totally hated alienated, in the South West of Miami, they are sectors who earn the less money of Miami. But they themselves, in their majority are not members of marxist parties. And Martin Luther King said that when the oppressed does not fight against his oppressor, he becomes as evil or more evil than his master and oppressor. So the blacks of Miami, should also help their own selves by joining socialist movements in Florida, it is impossible to rescue them out of poverty if they don't join communist parties


  • Trayvon Communist,

    Your comments on the site seem to constantly wander off topic, and often use all caps and strange formulations that seem to be trolling. Please stay on topic of the thread you are posting on.

  • Eric: Thanks my friends, well I am not trying to troll at all. The thing is that I love to expand my self some times in the comments i write here. I was trying to talk about the philosophy of life of the state of Florida, about how elitist, right-wing, and racist that state is. But you are right now I will try to stay on the specific topics, instead of writting about a lot of things not related to the topic. But however I was explaining to Tanya about the nature of many hispanic immigrants in many cities of Florida, and their right-wing ideology

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