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A Latino Police Officer Risked His Life To Save A Suicidal Man

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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CREDIT: Credit: New Jersey 101.5 / YouTube

“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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CREDIT: Credit: Empire FOX / Giphy

You are a true hero, sir.

READ: This Miami Police Officer Is Finally Getting A Medal Of Valor For His Badass Moment

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This Mexican Fighting Style Is Pure Indigenous Martial Artistry

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This Mexican Fighting Style Is Pure Indigenous Martial Artistry

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Mexico is not historically known for its contributions to the martial arts world. Ahem:

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CREDIT: Credit: Televisa

But there’s a movement of dedicated people looking to change that.

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Since 2013, the “Wíinkilil Art of Defense” has gained popularity among martial arts practitioners, as well as advocates of Mexico’s cultural preservation.

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Developed by the “Human Movements in Danger of Extinction” organization, Wíinkilil’s choreography comes from traditional Mayan dance movements, which have been transformed to meet the needs of contemporary self-defense.

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Gervasio Cetto, one of Wíinkilil’s creators, drew from Mayan culture for a very specific reason: “The idea is to prevent these movements from disappearing.”

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Cetto added,  “(Wíinkilil) aims to highlight self-defense for what it represents artistically and symbolically in order to reflect on those elements of everyday life.”

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The Wíinkilil Art of Defense has drawn comparisons to Tai Chi for its grace, and Brazil’s Capoeira for its dance-like precision.

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Thanks to the efforts of the Wíinkilil Art of Defense, Mayan culture has a fighting chance to protect its legacy for many generations.

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Watch more about Wíinkilil:

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Read: This Artist Gave Pokémon The Mayan Makeover You Didn’t Know They Needed

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