A new interview on NPR’s Here & Now features the rarely heard story of the four people who risked their lives to save trucker Reginald Denny during the L.A. Riots twenty-five years ago.

Among Denny’s rescuers was a nurse who helped Denny back into his truck and served as his eyes as he somehow drove the truck away from his attackers. Denny also owes his life to a fellow truck driver, who was later hired by the trucking company that Denny worked for.

From Here & Now:

“Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, sparked after a jury acquitted four white Los Angeles police officers for the videotaped arrest and beating of Rodney King, who is black.

In the chaos that ensued, a white truck driver, Reginald Denny, was dragged from his rig and brutally beaten. But Denny was saved by four people, who risked their own lives by driving into the heart of the riots.

Here & Now’s Robin Young was there that day in 1992, and interviewed the four rescuers. She checked in with rescuer Bobby Green on the 10th anniversary of the attack in 2002, and today, she shares her reflections and talks with another of the four rescuers, Titus Murphy.”

Click here to listen to the audio.

You can also click here to access the NPR article “25 Years After LA Riots, Reflections On The Rescuers Who Saved Reginald Denny.


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