Zimmerman helped 4 out of wrecked SUV

AP Photo/TV Pool, File George Zimmerman smiles after a not guilty verdict was handed down in his trial at the Seminole County Courthouse on July 14 in Sanford, Fla. Officials say Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, officials said Monday.

Seminole County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said in a statement that deputies responding to the wreck in Sanford – the Orlando suburb where Martin was shot – found Zimmerman and another man had already helped a couple and their two children out of the flipped SUV. They were not hurt.

The sheriff’s office statement said Zimmerman spoke with a deputy and then left. He did not see the crash happen.

This is believed to be the first time Zimmerman has been seen publicly since his acquittal on a second-degree murder charge in the 17-year-old Martin’s February 2012 death. Zimmerman’s parents and his attorneys have said in interviews since the verdict that they fear for his safety because of those who may not agree with it.

A message left at the office of Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara was not immediately returned Monday.

The acquittal prompted rallies nationwide in the days afterward calling for a civil rights probe and federal charges against Zimmerman.