The heart-wrenching incident took place shortly before 9 am p.s.t. on Wednesday.
As Urrea was on patrol she noticed a 66-year-old man in a wheelchair who apparently had become stuck on the tracks, as the crossing barrier rang loudly warning of the oncoming train.
Without giving a second thought about her own safety, and knowing she only had seconds to save the man, Urrea sprinted from her patrol car.
The video shows Urrea trying to push the man and the wheelchair out of the way as the oncoming locomotive sounds its horn.
With the wheelchair firmly wedged in the track, Urrea could be seen dragging the man from it mere seconds before the train barrels by striking the wheelchair, while also catching the man’s leg.
The Lodi Police Department released the heart-stopping footage from officer Erika Urrea’s bodycam:
The rescued man was taken to hospital for emergency treatment. While one of his legs had to be amputated, while his other leg suffered a severe fracture.
A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up by the man’s grandson to help cover the cost of replacing his Grandfather’s wheelchair and to cover his extensive medical bills.
My grandfather’s automatic wheelchair got stuck in the train tracks in Lodi, Ca and his life was saved yesterday by a brave police officer named Erica Urrea. We are so thankful for her courageous act of heroism and we know that God put Officer Urrea in the right place at the right time. Heroes truly do exist, and thanks to her, my grandpa is alive and breathing. He sustained serious injuries to his legs, and was transferred to the county hospital trauma center. One of his legs was amputated, and the other was fractured. We created this to help replace his chair, and help with the medical expenses as well. Thank you for your love and concerns. God bless you.
Officer Erika Urrea A True Heroine
Lodi Police Department spokesperson Melita Kautz proudly stated:
Officer Urrea “prevented a tragedy and she saved a man’s life. She’s very humble in doing so,”
— Madison Wade (@madisoncwade) August 14, 2020
Social media users echoed the Lodi police department’s belief that Officer Erika Urrea was a true hero, with many saying the video “brought tears to my eyes!” and describing it as an “incredible fast-act of heroism.”
Officer Erika Urrea a super hero❗️
All Officers are heroes❗️
— Observer___1 (@Observer___1) August 14, 2020
To officer Erica Urrea of the Lodi California Police Department, you are a true American Hero! Thank you for all that you do! #BackTheBlue #UrreaCalifornia #AmericanHero #EricaUrrea #policeLivesmatter #AllLivesMatter #maga #America #landofthefreebecauseofthebrave
— lord help our great land! (@Tom32870) August 14, 2020
Of course, Twitter being the cesspool it is…
Some mental midgets simply couldn’t help themselves from tweeting their idiocy:
She is absolutely not a hero. She was barely strong enough to drag him, and she gave up and dropped him before the train even hit. This woman is not strong enough to be a police officer. I hope she gets permanent desk duty for this. She does not belong in a patrol car
— Robert Johnson (@AngelArm1110) August 13, 2020
Did he “want” to be saved? That might be a question here! Brilliant work though👏👏👏
— Sally Whiteley (@SallySallyw04) August 14, 2020
This is another reason only men should be cops. She wasn’t strong enough to pull him out of the chair and it cost the man two legs.
— MinneapolisMN 🇺🇸 (@minneapolismn52) August 13, 2020
This is why we shouldn’t take in female cops by quotas. Instead raise the standards so only the best can join, that would be mostly competent and strong men. If this woman was strong enough this wouldn’t even have been a crisis. This is like applauding a child for trying.
— seeker_bali (@SeekerBali) August 13, 2020
Wonder how many times this hero saw a fellow officer violating someone’s rights and decided to look the other way
— Yargh! (@PirateJhon216) August 13, 2020