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Sanford Officer Patrick Rehder reports that George Zimmerman saved four people from a burning SUV that rolled over

Updated on July 28, 2013

Officer Patrick Rehder


Police report of Zimmerman's heroism

On July 22, major media sources reported that George Zimmerman saved four people from a burning SUV that had overturned off the Interstate. The alleged accident happened on Monday, July 17, at 4:47 pm. This was coincidentally two days after George Zimmerman was found “not guilty” of the murder of Trayvon Martin. Officer Rehder, “Is this the whole truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?”

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Unrevealed details might help verify this event

People have had so many questions since this story appeared on July 22, five days after the reported accident. If you have information that will help resolved the following unanswered questions, please provide details under comments.

1.Did Officer Redher know George Zimmerman prior to the accident?

2.Who was the second Samaritan?

3.What did the firefighters say about the fiery vehicle?

4.Is there a picture of the SUV being towed away?

5.Why did major media stop covering this accident?

6.Why did accident victims not talk to major media networks outside their home?

Officer Rehder's accident report


Others are discussing

1. There is no written report that mentions George Zimmerman or anyone else was at the scene.

2. There seems to be no picture of the accident. Passers by love to take pictures, especially teenagers.

3. Maybe the fire department report can help make sense of this.

4. It's amazing that the van rolled over, caught on fire, and no one was hurt. Maybe there is a paramedic report somewhere.

Miranda's Tow has no comment

Miranda's Tow removed the vehicle from the scene. No one at the towing company is willing to talk about the accident.

"When contacted by MailOnline a member of staff said: 'We have got nothing to say' before slamming down the phone."

Why can't the tow company just verify that they went to the scene and towed the vehicle?

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Newsball is hot on the trail

This "accident" is a super sleuth's buffet. For them, it equals or surpasses the addictive games on Facebook. Rehder's Facebook page includes several uncomplimentary posts about minorities.

According to Newsball, a relative of Officer Rehder, in fear of having to go into hiding, spoke on this mystery. According to the family member, admitted to seeing “George” listed in Rehder’s text call log dated and stamped 7/17, 5:51 PM eastern. The member further stated that the record shows a series of calls prior to 7/17 between Rehder and the same number labeled “George” in the phone. This family member said he/she just ants the scrutiny and chaos to go away.

My thought: What family member would be close enough to Rehder to be able to check his phone?

Rehder's Facebook post on welfare junkies


Rehder's tweet on crap hole bums that don't work


The Gerstle Family in fear

The Gerstle family arrived home to see their neighborhood swamped with media. They wanted nothing to do with the media because they didn't want to be accused of making George Zimmerman a hero. However, it is perplexing that they later planned to have a press conference at Mark O'Mara's office.

It would make more sense to speak to all media at one time from their home than to go to O'Mara's office. Going to O'Mara's office might advance the idea that they consider Zimmerman a hero. Speaking from their lawn would merely be an opportunity to state the facts.

Mr. Gerstle, The truth will set you free


To be continued

I don't know if all, or any, of this is true. I can understand why people are investigating. Major media has backed off of this story. I'm sure they don't want to get sued so they are playing it safe.

Now I'm sure some will attack me for writing this Hub. I wanted to write something that wasn't boring and does not include a lot of opinion or misinformation. Please feel free to add what you know.

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    • dianetrotter profile image

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 3 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you Cate. You know George was shopping for a new gun last week.

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      Cate Ellington 3 years ago

      Thanks for writing this. I read the newsball inc story as well.

      This guy is a real cretin and needs to be exposed. I really hope somebody stays on top of this story and the Zimmerman Family is finally called on the mat re: their true characters. And someone really needs to shut robert zimmerman jr up too. He is a racist troll and it sickens me how someone like him gets so much attention. Granted, the attention he gets is from other white right wing nut idiots ..but still. But even they are clearly using him as they know he is like a train wreck ppl can't turn away from. It's guaranteed he'll say some absolutely insane inciteful nastiness they just keep shoving a mic in front of him. But I can't wait until this particular family gets their due. That they r once and for all exposed for what we all know they really are. Personally, I think it'll come by way of the cousin who called Georgie Porgie out on his dark side. She will eventually speak..and the world will be waiting. One can only hope this young woman has not been threatened.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Oooohh.....can't write what I think about Limbaugh.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      oops! Sounds like we are prejudiced.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      lol, heavy sigh,,,, we do think alike don't we?

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      No need to apologize michele! I like your thought processes.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio


      If the media did report the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, then here is another "truth"

      Rush Limbaugh is quiet, soft spoken, honest, intelligent, and a liberal.

      Sorry for double commenting, but I put this on my hub also.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Michele, I'm not saying it's not true but this seems fishy, fishy!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      So, Patrick Rehder reported that George Zimmerman saved four people from the SUV, but he cannot really report it. Why is it so hard to report?

      No paramedic report, no tow company report, no pictures. Nothing!

      I would love to learn more about this, but it is hard when they are not reporting much, if anything, about what Zimmerman had to do with it