An officer with the Lodi (CA) Police Department is being hailed as a hero after she rescued a man in a wheelchair stuck on train tracks just seconds before a freight train passed. - Image courtesy of Lodi Police Department.

An officer with the Lodi (CA) Police Department is being hailed as a hero after she rescued a man in a wheelchair stuck on train tracks just seconds before a freight train passed.

Image courtesy of Lodi Police Department.

An officer with the Lodi (CA) Police Department is being hailed as a hero after she rescued a man in a wheelchair stuck on train tracks just seconds before a freight train passed.

According to the agency, which posted body camera video of the incident on its Facebook page, Officer Erica Urrea had spotted a man in a wheelchair on the train tracks just as the the railroad crossing arms started to come down signaling an approaching train.

The social media post said, "She immediately exited her patrol vehicle and began running towards the male. As the train was reaching them, she was able to pull the male out of the wheelchair and they both fell back onto the ground. The male suffered a leg injury that was tended to immediately by Officer Delgado (who had arrived to assist) and Officer Urrea."

The man—identified only as a 66-year-old male—was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The Facebook post concluded, "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."

 

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