New Jersey Transit Police Officer Victor Ortiz pulled a man off train tracks at the Secaucus Junction station on Aug. 26, moments before a train raced through (video below).
"I was just focused at the matter at hand at the time," Ortiz told WABC.
Ortiz was answering a call at the station about an agitated passenger on a train, and met the man on a train platform.
"He said, 'No, I'm not going to jail, I'm not going to jail,'" Ortiz recalled. "He jumped down onto the pit of track A."
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Ortiz dropped down next to the man on the tracks.
"He decides to kneel down onto the tracks, knee-first, then his arms," Ortiz added. "And at that point, I looked to see if there was a train coming, and probably about a half mile up, I saw the lights from a train coming."
Ortiz recalled that the man said he wanted to die. Ortiz handcuffed one of the man's hands and tried to pulled him off the track.
"And there was an instance where he pulled me in with him, and at that point I said to myself,'I'm going to let go because this guy's not gonna take me with him," Ortiz stated.
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Ortiz gave one last pull, and was able to get the man off the track only seconds before the train came flying by.
The man was taken into custody and given medication. Ortiz recalled that the man thanked him.
A New Jersey Transit representative issued a statement, noted WCAU:
Officer Ortiz’s selfless and heroic actions demonstrated a level of bravery and a true sense of compassion and purpose that often goes unrecognized but is ever present in our law enforcement community.
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.