Feb 22, 2017 by Will Maule

Woman Who Bravely Rescued Police Officer From Attack: "I Did What God Needed Me To Do"

A Louisiana woman who dived into the way of grave danger to help a police officer said she simply “did what God needed me to do.” Authorities “made a big difference” Sunday when she jumped on a suspect’s back to save a police officer from a savage beatdown, according to Fox News. 

Vickie Williams-Tillman, 56, was being hailed as a hero, The Advocate reported. Williams-Tillman was driving to a store, listening to gospel music on her radio, when she spotted the Baton Rouge officer and the suspect. Police spokesman Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said the suspect stole the officer’s baton and repeatedly smashed him over the head with it. The individual then went to grab the officers gun. 

"I could see in his eyes he needed help," Williams-Tillman told The Advocate. "You don't have time to think about it … I did what God needed me to do." 28-year-old Thomas Bennett was discovered asleep inside his vehicle with drug paraphernalia out in the open at around 8 a.m. Bennett became aggressive after he was asked to exit his vehicle and that’s when the fight started. 

Shotly after Williams-Tillman jumped on the man’s back, police apprehended the suspect with a stun gun. Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome called the woman a courageous hero.

"Vickie Williams-Tillman epitomizes the true Good Samaritan," Weston-Broome said. "She reached out and offered a courageous and unconditional response to the officer. Ms. Williams-Tillman is a hero and demonstrates the true meaning of loving God and loving your neighbor."

Williams-Tillman said she didn’t even have to think twice about helping the officer. "It was something that went through my soul," she said. "You don't think about the risk."

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