I got a call from Bomb and Arson Cmdr. Edward O'Donnell Thursday morning.
Turns out, O'Donnell was one of the police officers involved in a auto collision near 15th & Homan about a week ago. See the full version of my Thursday column for details..
"I'm that guy," O'Donnell told me. "The people in the neighborhood were fantastic. Somebody did take me out of the car. I couldn't find my seatbelt. They put out chairs so that me and the other officer could sit down. They were excellent."
No one tried to exploit the situation, he said.
"Nothing was taken out of my car. Someone did come and take me out of the car. By the time they had walked me 10 or 20 feet, people had brought out chairs," he said.
The accident, which left O'Donnell pretty banged up, involved two squad cars. Although O'Donnell is a high-ranking police official, he's often on the street. He sees a lot of the good as well as the bad.
"Recently there had been a shooting at 15th Christiana, and police called for back up. I saw a single black boy on the corner. He looked at me and nodded his head," O'Donnell said.
Maybe it would help if we talked more about the our positive interactions across racial lines. As O'Donnell points out: It's not all bad out there.