With so many stories of law enforcement authorities (from officials to beat cops) being exposed for corruption, it’s easy for people to forget the many officers out there who continuously uphold their oath to protect and serve. The Huffington Post reports today that one heroic officer snatched a suicidal woman off the train tracks mere moments before the speeding train would have shred her to pieces.
Police Officer Ramon Morales, 27, of the Richmond Police Department (RPD), was hailed by a passerby early Sunday morning. The person told Morales that there was a woman on the train tracks. When Morales arrived he says that he saw a woman on the tracks crying, the crossing guard was coming down, and he sprang into action.
The flashing lights and warning bells were already going off, so he ran to the woman and pulled her off of the tracks just before the train whizzed by. It is unlikely that the train conductor would have seen the woman due to the darkness of the hour. According to Master Sgt. Lowell Neinast, the RPD is very proud of Morales and credits him with saving her life “despite the risk to his own life.”
The just-in-the-nick-of-time rescue was captured by the dashcam in Morales’ patrol car. Morales said everything happened so quickly that the full extent of the whole ordeal didn’t hit him at first. It wasn’t until later, when he saw the playback on the dashcam, that he was really shaken up.
Morales also says he wasn’t aware that the young lady was intentionally trying to end her life. He says afterwards, when she found out that he was the one who had saved her life, the lady asked him “why did you do that?” Although the RPD is lavishing praise upon Morales, the former Marine is humbly declining numerous interview requests. He said if anyone gets the credit, it should be the bystander who flagged him down that night and alerted him that someone was on the tracks.
If it all seems just too much for you or anyone you know, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime day or night at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Trained counselors are also at the ready 24 hours a day for online chat on their website.