A rookie police officer in New Jersey is being hailed as a hero after he risked his life to save a man who was nearly struck by a commuter train. Perth Amboy Patrolman Kyle Savoia’s body camera captured him sprinting toward the oncoming train, desperately trying to get the attention of the conductor to stop the train.
Savoia was screaming at the unidentified man to move out of the way as the train barreled toward both of them. He appeared oblivious to the oncoming train but with a split second to spare, the man jumped out of the way and onto the side of the tracks.
"Where did you come from," the man asked Savoia. "Thank you. Oh my God, thank you so much," he said while fighting back tears. The man was taken to a local hospital for a full evaluation.
Heidi Burke who witnessed the encounter while waiting for the train on the platform described the dramatic moment to Pix11.
“He started running toward the train. The train was not slowing down at all. He was just waving his arms, yelling for it to stop. You heard like, screeching, and trying to brake, and you saw, literally, like, a real life hero," Burke said. "He just jumped in front of the train. I saw the red shirt and a body attached to it go flying to one side and the cop going to the other and the train actually pulled in between them.”