Shaq helps stranded motorist until sheriff’s deputies arrive

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ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. — Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal has worked as an auxiliary deputy for Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.

But this week he jumped into action when a woman became stranded along a road in Alachua County.

The county sheriff’s department said Shaq saw a crash along Interstate 75. He went to check on the driver and waited with her until law enforcement was able to respond.

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The woman apparently had a blown tire that made her pull over, The Associated Press reported.

Yesterday, Shaquille O'Neal was traveling through Alachua County on I-75 when he witnessed a crash. He stopped to check on the welfare of the driver and remained with her until law enforcement arrived. He fist bumped Deputies Purington and Dillon before going on his way. Hey Basketball Cop Foundation you're not the only one that knows Shaq.

Posted by Alachua County Sheriff on Tuesday, July 14, 2020

O’Neal has been given the designation as either a reserve police officer or honorary deputy in Miami Beach, Doral, Gold Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Tempe, Arizona, and Clayton County, Georgia, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

This isn’t the first time O’Neal helped at a car accident. In November 2018, O’Neal comforted children at the scene as deputies responded to a crash, the Sun-Sentinel reported.