A Louisiana woman who jumped into the way of danger to help a police officer said she simply “did what God needed me to do.”
FoxNews.com reports that Vickie Williams-Tillman, 56, noticed that a police officer was being overpowered by a suspect and stopped to help. Williams-Tillman was driving to a store, listening to gospel music on the radio when she took note of the altercation.
A Baton Rouge police officer had confronted a suspect who was asleep in his vehicle around 8 a.m. Drugs were present in the vehicle. When the officer confronted the suspect, the man became violent, grabbed the officer’s baton, and began hitting him with it. He also tried to grab the officer’s gun.
That’s when Williams-Tillman came to the officer's rescue. Without losing a moment, she jumped on the suspect’s back, making it possible for the officer to overpower him.
"I could see in his eyes he needed help," Williams-Tillman recalled. "You don't have time to think about it … I did what God needed me to do."
Police reinforcements arrived soon after to take control of the situation.
Williams-Tillman is now being hailed as a hero. Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome praised her act of bravery.
"Vickie Williams-Tillman epitomizes the true Good Samaritan," Weston-Broome said. "She reached out and offered a courageous and unconditional response to the officer. Ms. Williams-Tillman is a hero and demonstrates the true meaning of loving God and loving your neighbor."
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Publication date: February 21, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.