NJ Transit police officer saves man from oncoming train

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Officer Victor Ortiz says the man jumped onto the tracks after an altercation at the Secaucus Station. (WPVI)

A New Jersey Transit police officer is being hailed as a hero for his actions that saved a man from an oncoming train.

Dramatic video shows Ofc. Victor Ortiz pulling a man off the tracks in Secaucus seconds before a train came through.

The 16-year veteran got a call at Secaucus Junction about an agitated passenger on the train. He met the man on the platform.
"He said 'no, I'm not going to jail, I'm not going to jail', and he jumped down into the pit of Track A," Ortiz told WABC-TV in New York.

The train would soon be coming through. 41-year-old Ortiz radioed base and followed the man. Officer Ortiz then had no choice, and jumped down and was now walking next to the man on the tracks.


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Video shows a New Jersey Transit officer saving a man from the path of an oncoming train. (Video courtesy NJ Transit)

(Video courtesy NJ Transit)

"He decides to, you know, kneel down onto the tracks, knee-first, then his arms...I looked to see if there was a train coming, and probably about a half mile up, I saw the lights from the train coming," Ortiz adds.

Officer Ortiz, who's married with a 13-year-old daughter wasn't giving up. By now, he had one handcuff on the man - meanwhile, the train was still coming.
"He said 'I just want to die, I just want to die, I just want to die', I said no, I'm not going to let you die," said Ortiz.

Ortiz says there was an instance where the man pulled him in.

"And at that point I said to myself, 'I'm going to let go, because this guy's gonna take me with him'," Ortiz adds.

Ortiz then pulled the man again just as the train was coming.

Once the man was in custody, he was given medication, and had a chance to talk to Officer Ortiz.

Ortiz usually works the night shift and goes home at 7 a.m., but because of staffing issues he stayed late that day.
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