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Wait Until You See Who Came To The Aid Of A Stranded Driver On The Highway

It was all caught on video when police officers arrived at the scene.

Even though Shaquille O'Neal hasn't played an NBA game in almost a decade, he still comes through with an assist when needed.

The 7-foot tall basketball star recently come to the aid of a driver who was stranded on the side of a Florida highway after an accident. Shaq witnessed the car crash and pulled over to make sure the woman who was driving the car was OK. He stayed with the driver until the police arrived.

The Alachua County Sheriff's office shared dash cam footage of the incident on their Facebook page.

video c/o Alachua County Sheriff/Facebook

"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," the post read.

The clip shows the cops pulling up behind the parked car. Shaq greets the officer with a social distance-friendly elbow bump and leads him over to the car.

"I appreciate you stopping to help," the officer tells the NBA legend.

Thankfully, no one was hurt in the accident.

O'Neal greeted the officers with an elbow bump when they arrived at the scene. Alachua County Sheriff/Facebook

Before he leaves, O'Neal tells the driver and her companion, "I'm gonna leave you in their hands." The woman both thank O'Neal as he heads back to his car.

Here's another act of kindness courtesy of the retired NBA great: Shaq Surprises Family With New Computer

O'Neal has always had a strong bond with law enforcement. In 2005, he trained as a reserve police officer in Miami, FL and was sworn in during a private ceremony. He served in the same capacity in Los Angeles when he played for the Lakers.


In 2016, O'Neal was sworn in again in as "the tallest deputy in the history of the Clayton County Sheriff's Office" in Georgia. Just last year, he took on the title of Deputy in Florida's Broward County.

O'Neal originally wanted to join law enforcement to work with the special victims unit to help stop crimes against children.

We're sure the folks in Broward County feel a lot safer with Deputy Shaq around. Although, he probably won't be getting any assignments to walk the beat or go undercover anytime soon!

Shaq was sworn in as "the tallest deputy in Clayton County" in 2016. Victor Hill/Facebook

How can you start something good?

Inspired by O'Neal's awesome act of kindness?

If you see someone in need, why not take Shaq's lead and stop and see if they need help? Whether it's a stranded driver on the side of the road, or an elderly person who needs a hand getting on the bus - it only takes a little bit of time out of your day and your assistance could make all the difference to someone in need.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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