George Zimmerman Rescue: Trayvon Martin's Killer Saves Family From Overturned SUV In Sanford, Fla. During First Public Appearance Since Trial [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on July 22, 2013 3:28 PM EDT

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A George Zimmerman rescue occurred in Sanford, Fla. last Thursday around 5:45 p.m. (Photo: Reuters)

A George Zimmerman rescue is causing a stir in the news after the acquitted killer of Trayvon Martin was spotted saving someone from an overturned SUV in Sanford, Fla. According to ABC News, a crash occurred last Thursday at the intersection of I-4 and Route 46, less than a mile from where the fatal encounter between Zimmerman and 17-year-old Martin occurred over a year ago. Zimmerman reportedly was on the scene shortly after the crash, and helped rescue the family trapped inside a blue Ford Explorer. The George Zimmerman rescue incident was Zimmerman's first public appearance since the former neighborhood watch volunteer went into hiding following his acquittal on murder charges for the shooting of Martin.

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"There was a family trapped in there," Sean Vincent a spokesman for Zimmerman's legal team, told New York Daily News regarding the George Zimmerman rescue. "George was able to help the family get out of the car before the first responders got there."

New York Daily News reports that the 29-year-old was driving on route 417 when he noticed an overturned SUV. According to Vincent, Zimmerman pulled over, grabbed a fire extinguisher he kept in his car and checked for signs of a blaze before dragging the family from the vehicle and waiting for rescuers to show up. There were two children and their parents inside the car at the time of the George Zimmerman rescue incident. Witnesses say two men approached the vehicle -- one of them was Zimmerman, the other one presumably Zimmerman's body guard, with whom he's been living and traveling for most of the past year.

Luckily, no one was injured during the crash.

Just days prior to the accident, the 29-year-old escaped both second-degree murder and manslaughter charges for the fatal 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen walking home from a convenience store. Zimmerman remained in hiding during the duration of the trial, and went back into hiding after it was done. The high-profile murder trial set off a number of protests and demonstrations nationwide. IScience Times reported that Zimmerman was even getting death threats, and that he wears a bullet proof vest when he steps outside.

"We have had an enormous amount of death threats. George's legal counsel has had death threats, the police chief of Sanford, many people have had death threats," Zimmerman's father, Robert Zimmerman told ABC News. "'Everyone with Georgie's DNA should be killed' -- just every kind of horrible thing you can imagine."

Fox News reports on the George Zimmerman rescue incident in this video uploaded to YouTube:

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