Police Officer Saves Man in Wheelchair From Oncoming Train in Heart-Stopping Video
Lodi, CA – A police officer is being cheered after she risked her life to save a man in a wheelchair from certain death by an oncoming train.
The incredible moments were caught on Lodi Police Officer Erika Urrea’s body camera.
According to the Lodi Police Department (LPD), Officer Urrea was patrolling near Lodi Avenue at approximately 8:44 a.m. on Wednesday when she saw a man in an electric wheelchair that had become stuck on railroad tracks.
“She noticed that the railroad crossing arms started to come down and saw that a train was approaching,” the LPD said. “She immediately exited her patrol vehicle and began running towards the male.”
As Officer Urrea approaches she asks the 66-year-old man, “Can you get up?” as the train can be heard barreling down the tracks with its horn engaged.
However, with only seconds to make a decision and as death was staring both of them in the face, Officer Urrea takes hold of the man and begins pulling him from danger.
They each fall to the ground narrowly escaping disaster.
Unfortunately, the man’s lower extremities were struck by the oncoming train.
In fact, one of the man’s legs was seriously injured requiring amputation, while the other was fractured.
The man’s granddaughter, Ruby Mata, set up a GoFundMe with the goal of raising $10,000 to replace the motorized wheelchair.
So far, the campaign has raised nearly $3,000.
As for Officer Urrea, she did not sustain any injuries.
LPD praised her efforts stating, “Officer Urrea risked her own life to save another and her actions prevented a tragedy today. We are extremely proud of Officer Erika Urrea and her heroism.”
On Thursday, LPD shared the story of Officer Urrea’s heroic act on its Facebook page and it quickly racked up more than 1,000 shares and both national and local media attention.
Mata also expressed her family’s gratitude to Officer Urrea.
She wrote on the GoFundMe page, “We are so thankful for her courageous act of heroism and we know that God put Officer Urrea in the right place at the right time. Heroes truly do exist, and thanks to her, my grandpa is alive and breathing. ”
WATCH the video below.