Body camera footage was released this week after a New Jersey police officer saved the life of a man who was laying on train tracks.
The rescue was just a moment of being in the right place at the right time, as the police officer saw the man lying on the tracks just as a train was approaching.
The body cam footage begins as the officer, Kyle Savoia from the Perth Amboy Police department saw the man on the tracks and started running towards him.
Officer Savoia starts yelling at the man to get up as he notices a train approaching in the distance.
“Hey, bud! Hey, move!” Savoia screamed, then yelling at the train to stop.
The train stopped inches away from the man, who stood up, jumping off the tracks.
“Sit down,” Savoia told the man.
Savoia the distressed man if he was OK, to which he replied: “Where’d you come from? Thank you. Oh my God. Thank you so much.”
The rescue took place on Thursday morning and was partially due to the quick response of multiple police officers. There were two other officers with Savoia who “immediately” notified theNew Jersey Transit Police Department who then immediately called the train, giving it time to slow down.
The incident occurred on Thursday morning, police said. Two other officers who were with Savoia notified the New Jersey Transit Police Department “immediately” upon receiving the call detailing the man on the tracks, which gave the train time to slow down and eventually stop, the Perth Amboy Police Department said.
They have not named what the man was doing lying on the tracks, but it was noted that he is homeless.
“In a split-second I decided to start running,” Officer Savoia said to CBS2. “In that situation, your training takes over.”
After the incident, the homeless man was brought to the hospital and later thanked Savia for saving his life.
“He said I’m a true hero to him,” Savoia said. “That he had a 2-year-old, that he had a family to go home to.”
Two years ago, Savoia lost his own father, who was a sergeant at the same police department as Savoia, the Perth Amboy Police Department.
“What I thought of was his father, how proud his father would be in heaven looking down on his son,” Perth Amboy Chief Roman McKeon said.