A police officer in Richmond, Texas is being hailed as a hero after he pulled a woman from railroad tracks just seconds before a train arrived. As reported by KPRC Local 2, early Sunday morning, 27-year-old Richmond Police Officer Ramon Morales was flagged down and told that a woman was sitting on the train tracks nearby. Officer Morales, arrived on the scene just as the crossing arms came down. The patrol car’s dashboard camera was recording, and on the footage Morales can be seen pulling the woman off the tracks to safety right before a train speeds by. The officer secured the woman with one hand, and used his other to make a call on his radio. "He got there just, just in time,” Richmond Police Department Master Sergeant Lowell Neinast told KPRC. “Saved this woman's life without regard for his own."
The Sergeant explained, "As the video goes on, she asked him if he's the one that pulled her off the tracks and he said, 'Yes I am.’ And of course she said, 'Well why did you do that?'” The rescued woman was later taken to Oak Bend Hospital for examination.
KTRK ABC 13 reports that Officer Morales is a former U.S. Marine and has only been with the Richmond Police Department for 10 months. The sergeant said that Morales was shaken after the incident, especially so after seeing just how close a call it was when he watched the footage.
“He's a hero. In our eyes, he’s a hero and he went way above and beyond the call of duty to save someone else's life," Sgt. Neinast said.