RICHMOND, TX (KPRC/CNN) – New dashcam video shows a Texas police officer responding to a report of a woman lying on railroad tracks with a train speeding toward her.
What happened next is a story of heroism.
Police officers find themselves in precarious situations all the time.
The difference here is that every hair-raising second was caught on camera.
“He stepped up to the plate and he showed what he’s made of,” Richmond Police Department Sgt. L. Neinast said.
Early Sunday morning, a citizen flagged down Richmond Police Officer Ramon Morales and told him a woman was sitting on the train tracks.
He flipped on the overhead lights in his patrol car, which automatically turned on the dash camera.
He arrived just as the crossing arms at the intersection were going down.
Ignoring the oncoming train, he can be seen on camera springing into action; he grabs the woman under the arms and drags her off the track, seconds before the train comes rushing by.
Officer Morales holds the woman with one hand and uses his radio with the other.
“He got there just in time. Saved this woman’s life without regard for his own,” Sgt. L. Neinast said.
“As the video goes on, she asked him if he’s the one that pulled her off the tracks and he said, yes I am. And of course she said, why did you do that?” Sgt. L. Neinast said. “He was a little shaken up over the circumstances. I think even more so after he saw the video realizing how close it was. He’s a hero. In our eyes, he’s a hero and he went way above and beyond the call of duty to save someone else’s life.”
The woman was taken to a hospital for assessment.
By the way, Officer Morales has been with the Richmond Police Department for just 10 months.