A California policeman pulled a man out of a wheelchair and arrived to safety on Wednesday, just before he could be crushed by a rushing train, dramatic video of the rescue showing .
Police Lodi Erika Urrea and Sgt. Steve Maynard was patrolling in their Central Valley community when they found a 66-year-old man in a wheelchair, stuck on the tracks as pass guards were going down and a train approached at 8:44 AM PT, officials said.
Urrea’s body camera captured the mortal moments, as she jumped from her team’s car to a pedestrian, stuck on Lodi Avenue.
“Can you wake up?”; Urrea asked frantically.
She untied him, grabbed his body and pulled him out of the chair.
“Get up, get up, get up, get up, get up!” Urrea shouted as the Union Pacific fast train approached and she pulled him away.
Urrea and the man fell to the ground as the train crashed past his wheelchair’s legs.
“I need an ambulance now!” Urrea shouted.
The man was taken to the hospital and he was in stable condition on Thursday.
“Because the incident happened so quickly, we believe that the wheel of the chair was stuck in the groove between the track and the cement,” said Lodi Police Lieutenant Michael Manetti.
Police Lodi praised Urrea’s bold and assertive move. The 36-year-old single mom has been in the job for 14 years.
“We are very proud of Officer Urrea and her heroic deeds,” Police Captain Lodi David Griffin said in a statement on Thursday. This is another shining example of the courageous deeds that law enforcement men and women perform every day. “
The video has been viewed millions of times around the world since Lodi police first announced it on their YouTube page on Wednesday afternoon.
Former professional basketball player Rex Chapman, a man with multiple social media channels who could make the video go viral just by sharing it with his 918,000 followers, posted the clip on Friday night. Private. And on his feed alone, it took only 17 hours for Lodi’s clip to reach one million views.
“Oh. God. God,” Chapman wrote the video summary.
A Sacramento TV news broadcaster, with just 4,500 followers, also had a million video views in the same time frame as Chapman’s post.
Lodi’s San Joaquin County community, with a population of 67,000, is about 90 miles northeast of San Francisco and 40 miles south of Sacramento.
The agricultural town is the theme of the 1969 song “Lodi” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Today Lodi is the major winemaker in the region, especially Zinfandel.
Ali Gostanian contributed.