It’s not every day you get to see a daring rescue. In California, a police officer’s body camera showed how a split second of action could save a life. In this heroic feat, she risked her life to save that of another.
On Wednesday morning, Officer Erika Urrea of the Lodi Police Department spotted a man in a wheelchair who appeared to be stuck on railroad tracks.
Urrea noticed the railroad crossing arms were coming down, and a train was rapidly approaching. With a short time of response, she jumped out of her patrol car and barreled toward the man.
Her body camera footage was shared by the department on social media and has since gone viral. It shows her reach the man and asks if he can stand up. She then pulls him from the wheelchair, getting him just inches away from the tracks, a split second before the train barrels past them.
The 66-year-old man suffered a leg injury, which was tended to by Urrea and another officer who arrived on the scene before he was then transported to a hospital for treatment.