CBS- A police officer in New Jersey is being credited with saving the life of a man lying on tracks who was unaware an oncoming train was about to hit him, reports CBS New York. Perth Amboy officer Kyle L. Savoia’s body camera recorded him racing to intercept a man in a red shirt lying face down on the tracks, not realizing a train was barreling toward him last week.
The 22-year-old Savoia was dispatched for a welfare check at the Perth Amboy station Thursday around 8 a.m. The officer says when he got the call he knew there’d be a man on the tracks, but he didn’t realize there would be an oncoming train. Once he saw it bearing down, he knew he’d have to act fast. Savoi’s body cam video shows he went from jogging to sprinting. “In a split second, I decided to start running,” he told CBS New York. “In that situation, your training takes over.”
I have watched this video 10 times and still can’t wrap my head around it. How that cop saw that guy on the tracks and got him to move RIGHT as that train was coming is like out of a movie. The magic eye of Jake Hoyt, the top speed of Forrest Gump, and the climax of basically every movie to involve someone laying on train tracks. Okay that last part is a bit of a stretch because the train actually stopped at the end there. That honestly kinda ruined all those old train movies and cartoons where someone was tied to the tracks. Apparently if you hit a train’s brakes hard enough, it will actually stop moving and everyone will walk away from the situation just fine. Especially if the guy is sitting there because he is *ahem* dazed out of his mind.
Nonetheless, that dude in red still may have ended up dead or at the very least with more than a few broken bones without that cop running his ass off and screaming at him. And not only that, but he seems to be interested in actually getting his life together. Because laying on train tracks is no way to go through life son.
It turns out the man was homeless and, after being taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center for treatment, he showed up at police headquarters to thank Savoia again. “He said I’m a true hero to him,” Savoia said. “That he had a two-year-old, that he had a family to go home to.”
True hero shit by Officer Savoia.