This police officer became a hero in a matter of seconds.
New Jersey Transit Police Officer Victor Ortiz is being called a hero after he risked his own life to save a man in distress. According to CBS New York, Officer Ortiz was at the train stop in Secaucus, N.J. when he witnessed a man exit the train and jump down from the platform onto the tracks. In a split second, Ortiz had to decide whether to leave the man on the tracks or try to drag him to safety. Once Ortiz reached the unidentified man, Ortiz realized the man was trying to commit suicide.
“At that point he’s like, ‘I just want to die, I just want to die,’” Ortiz told CBS New York. “He pretty much went down on his knees and down on his arms. At that point I said, ‘You’re not going to die, you’re not going to die.’”
Here is the moment of Officer Ortiz’s final attempt to rescue the suicidal man.
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“NJ Transit could not be more proud of Victor Ortiz and of the New Jersey Transit Police Department and we hope this serves as a stark reminder of what these men and women do every single day to keep us safe throughout this state,” NJ Transit said in a statement according to NY Daily News.
Way to go, Officer Ortiz!
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You are a true hero, sir.