Despite an increase in tension between civilians and police across the country, a video showing good Samaritans rushing to the scene of a crash involving a police car goes to show that, at the end of the day, we are all humans.

In July, Kevin Russell captured the aftermath of a crash involving police officers in Chicago, Illinois. In the caption of the video he posted on Facebook, Kevin wrote: “Today after work riding down Jeffrey I saw this Chicago Police truck flying down the street with their siren on and some idiot drove in the intersection so they crashed into a tree avoid them. Watch all the good Samaritans come to help/check on the police officer and drag him out the car!”

The officers, who were driving with their sirens on at the time, were responding to a foot pursuit. However, when a dark SUV failed to yield to them, the officer plowed right into a tree to avoid crashing into them and other. According to the police, the SUV then fled the scene.

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Bystanders, however, quickly came to check on and help the officers out. “I saw a lot of bystanders come over and assist, check on the officer, actually pull them out of the vehicle,” Russell told WLS-TV. Pastor Phillip Cusic described hearing the crash from his church, which is just across the stress from the crash. He said, “First I heard a car moving fast…and then you could hear the wheels screeching and then a boom!”

Together with another man, Phillip assisted the officer on the passenger side carefully out of the car. Meanwhile, the officer’s colleague was being supported by other bystanders, one of who was Belinda Chism. “I went in my house and I got two pillows so that one of the officers that was laying down could put his head on it,” she said.

The video posted by Kevin has received a lot of attention on social media with many people calling them heroes. Both Phillip and Belinda claim they aren’t heroes, just humans doing what any others would do too. As Phillip puts it, “It’s all about our humanity towards humanity.”

Belinda explained that it’s all about being the change you want to see in the world, saying: “That’s what we’re supposed to do. You know, everything in the world is not bad and we have to change this world. If somebody has to show the world what love is then that’s what we have to do.”

See the encounter below:

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