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Family rescued by George Zimmerman afraid of making him a hero

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 21:55 EDT
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George Zimmerman at Oct. 19 hearing
 
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A family in Florida that was reportedly rescued by George Zimmerman cancelled a planned news conference on Wednesday, apparently over concerns about being associated with the neighborhood watchman.

Attorney Mark O’Mara on CNN denied rumors that the car wreck was staged in order to rehabilitate Zimmerman’s image.

“The same people who refuse to accept the jury’s verdict, just want to be angry, just want to hate George Zimmerman, are still going to,” O’Mara said. “Even if we had a videotape of the accident, they would still say it was made up. So you can’t really respond to people who just don’t want to listen to the truth.”

Sanford Police Department said last week that Zimmerman had helped pull Mark and Dana Gerstle and their two young children out of an overturned SUV. The crash occurred at the intersection of I-4 and route Route 46, not far from where Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin.

Friends of the Gerstles told The Daily Mail the couple was worried about affiliating themselves with Zimmerman. Though they were grateful for his help, they were concerned about being seen as trying to make Zimmerman look heroic.

“There is so much hatred directed towards him they have got to think about their own family. There are a lot of crazies out there. If they say anything in support of him it could backfire,” the friend explained.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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