NBA Star Kevin Durant Hailed 'Hometown Hero' After Clearing Path for Ambulance in Oklahoma
"It was a small gesture, but it sure had a big impact on the medics in the ambulance," Oklahoma emergency medical services authority officer Lara O'Leary tells PEOPLE
NBA superstar Kevin Durant is receiving another piece of hardware to add to his awards collection – but this time it’s for the athlete’s selfless good deed.
The Oklahoma City Thunder forward cleared a path through rush hour traffic for an ambulance heading off to an emergency call on Friday.
“It was no surprise to us,” Oklahoma Emergency Medical Services Authority officer Lara O’Leary tells PEOPLE. “It was a small gesture, but it sure had a big impact on the medics in the ambulance.”
Durant, 27, put on the flashers of his silver sports car, pulled up alongside the side of the ambulance and helped the driver navigate through the dense traffic.
To recognize his benevolence, Oklahoma EMSA had a special “Everyday Hero” medal created for Durant and is having it engraved with his name.
“He has so many awards and medals already, but we want to honor him for his tremendous deed,” says O’Leary.
EMSA paramedic Peter Radford calls Durant his “hometown hero.”
“I just thought that was so cool that someone like Kevin Durant would take the time to assist this emergency vehicle getting to an emergency call,” Radford told News9.
The ambulance was able to make it to the emergency thanks to Durant.
Durant, however denies the hero moniker.
“I was just trying to follow the ambulance and get out of the traffic myself!” he told reporters with a shrug. “But I guess it worked out well!”