Lodi Police Officer Erika Urrea
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Lodi Police Officer Erika Urrea is being hailed as a hero after she saved a man after his wheelchair had became stuck on railroad tracks, as an oncoming Union Pacific train was bearing down on him.

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.

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,”

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.”

Of course, Twitter being the cesspool it is…

Some mental midgets simply couldn’t help themselves from tweeting their idiocy:


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