Heart-stopping videocam footage has been released of a police officer pulling a wheelchair-bound man off of train tracks with just seconds to spare before a train speeds by.
Officer Erika Urrea of the Lodi Police Department spotted the man on the railroad tracks on Wednesday morning of August 12, 2020. He appeared to be stuck and unable to move. That’s when she noticed the railroad crossing arms lowering and a train fast approaching. Without hesitating she jumped out of her patrol car, intent on helping the man.
The officer’s body camera footage was shared by the Lodi department on Facebook and reveals the heroic rescue. It shows her getting to the man and asking if he can stand up. She then yanks him from the wheelchair and they both fall backwards onto the ground but in the nick of time! She managed to pull the man to safety seconds before the train zooms by.
The department revealed that the man, 66, suffered a leg injury and was tended to by officers who arrived to help and later taken to hospital for medical treatment.
“Officer Urrea risked her own life to save another and her actions prevented a tragedy today,” the department wrote on Facebook. “We are extremely proud of Officer Erika Urrea and her heroism.”