VIDEO: Good Samaritans help injured Chicago Police officers after crash

Posted at 6:47 PM, Jul 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-27 19:48:10-04

A group of Good Samaritans rushed to the aid of two Chicago police officers who had crashed their squad car into a tree Tuesday.

Video from a passerby showed the crash, with the officers appearing to be injured. 

Police said the officers were assisting with a foot pursuit when an SUV failed to yield and hit the squad car. 

"First I heard a car moving fast, and I mean it was like (makes a noise) and then you could hear the wheels screech and then a boom!" said Pastor Phillip Cusic, whose church is nearby the crash scene. 

To avoid hitting others, the officers crashed into a tree. The video posted by Kevin Russell has been viewed more than 121,000 times. Russell says not because of the accident, but because of who showed up to help. 

"I saw a lot of bystanders come over and assist, check on the officer, actually pull him out of the vehicle," Russell said. 

Together, Cusic and another man helped the officer on the passenger get out of the car. 

"We just sort of got him by his arm and sort of helped escort him over," Cusic said. 

The other officer seen in the video being helped by two other men was also getting help from neighbor Belinda Chism. 

"I went and got, went in my house and got two pillows so that one of the officers that was laying down could put his head on it," Chism said. 

The two Good Samaritans say they are not heroes. Just two people doing their part. 

"It's all about our humanity toward humanity," said Cusic. 

"We have to change this world. If somebody has to show the world what love is then that's what we have to do," Chism said.