Ex-Convict Risks His Life to Save An Inured Police Officer

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  • Source: ABC 13
  • 11/19/2023
In a time when we are bombarded with negative and distressing news, a happy story is always welcome. Therefore, learning about a man who risked his own life to save an injured police officer was truly uplifting. But the story took on an even more remarkable quality when we discovered that the hero was an ex-convict, adding a beautiful twist to an already heartening tale.

From ABC 13:

 A man risked his life to pull an injured officer to safety during a gunbattle on the Southwest Freeway Saturday morning.

The Houston Police Department said the 29-year-old officer was shot in the leg and is expected to fully recover.

HPD Chief Troy Finner is crediting that to one good Samaritan, who is telling ABC13 his heroic story, and we're seeing a dramatic close-up view of what it was like.
John Lally was wearing a body camera that captured it all.
The video shows bullets flying past him as he dragged the injured officer across the freeway and behind a truck.

Lally told Eyewitness News he feels he was put in the right place at the right time to save that officer.

"I just kinda ran over there, and I grabbed that guy with the other police officer. Me and him, together, we grabbed him by his vest so he wouldn't get shot again," Lally said.
Lally stayed with the wounded officer, trying his best to provide some comfort as they waited for paramedics to arrive.

"'It's just your leg. It's just your leg, you hear me? Just squeeze my hand as tight as you have to. Do you know what I'm saying? Don't worry, I'm here with you,'" Lally can be heard saying in the video.


Lally told ABC13 that one of the officer's family members reached out to thank him.

Finner said in a press conference Saturday afternoon that this is a prime example of people coming together for the greater good.

"(The good Samaritan) has had trouble with law enforcement in his life, but (Saturday), he and a few other citizens, along with our officers, when that officer went down, they pulled him to safety," Finner said. "I want to celebrate that. "

"A truly reformed individual is a person that we can use (as an example)," Finner said. "He stepped up."

This story is a testament to the enduring hope in humanity and the profound capacity of individuals to transform from darkness to light.

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