Split second action saves woman

By LeaAnne Klentzman 


The lives of a Richmond police officer and the woman he pulled from the railroad tracks have been forever changed in the mere seconds he had to pull her from the tracks.

While Richmond Police officer Ramon Morales does not want fanfare or hoopla, his quick thinking and fast reaction made him an instant hero as he pulled a distraught and disheveled woman from the railroad tracks early Sunday morning just seconds before an oncoming train tore through the intersection.

Officer Morales was on night shift patrol when he was notified that there was a report of a woman sitting on the tracks where Morton Street ends and Douglas Street begins; it is a dark crossing, with little to no traffic, that is rather secluded. As Morales’ headlights washed across the darkness the image of a person was just barely visible. As he brought his patrol car to a stop the warning lights on the crossing barricades started to flash and the arms began their downward trek indicating a train was near.

In a split second Morales bolted from his car, grabbed the woman sitting on the tracks under her arms and dragged her away from the oncoming train over to his car with only seconds to spare.

The woman appeared distraught and was taken to Oak Bend Medical Center for an evaluation.

Officer Morales has been with the Richmond Police Department just shy of one year.

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