Patriots DT Vince Wilfork help’s rescue woman from overturned vehicle
After helping the New England Patriots to a 45-7 rout of the Indinapolis Colts in Sunday’s AFC title game, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork apparently still had enough energy to help rescue a motorist from an overturned car. Massachusetts State Police said Wilfork helped them rescue a woman trapped in a car after it rolled over near Gillette Stadium.
State troopers say they responded to an SUV rollover in Foxborough not far from Gillette Stadium shortly before 1 a.m. Monday and were surprised to see Wilfork checking on the driver, nearly three hours after the Patriots advanced to the Super Bowl.
The driver of the overturned vehicle, 38-year-old Mary Ellen Brooks, was unable to get out of her 2015 Jeep Wrangler. As police held open the driver’s door, “Wilfork reached in and helped lift the operator out of the vehicle with one hand,” police said.
Police said Brooks was then placed under arrest after being helped from the vehicle and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
Wilfork said he didn’t see the car flip over and was unaware how long it had been on its side. He was with his wife, Bianca, at the time.
“It was something we saw and we knew she needed help, so we helped,” Wilfork told reporters Monday via the Boston Herald. “The good thing is that we got her to safety.”
“The first thing I told her was ‘don’t panic.’ My job was to help the person in the car,” he said.
“You kind of reflect on life a little bit,” he said. “Here I am, we won the most important game of our season, and flashing right in front of your eyes is the life of someone who is in danger. … After I drove off, my wife and I kind of talked in the car and said there are things that are a lot more precious in life than games or anything you accomplish in life. There are things out there that are more important. It showed last night, even though we won the AFC championship, it was life and danger. We were just happy to help.
“I don’t want anything from it. If I saw it a million times, I’d do it a million times no matter what the situation would be.”