Erika Urrea, the Lodi (California) police officer, turned out to be a hero as she saved an elderly man from getting hit by an oncoming train. Her morning patrol, on August 12, 2020, spread like wildfire.
During her morning patrol, Urrea remained successful in rescuing a man. Her body camera captured the heroic sprint to pull a man in a wheelchair on railroad tracks. Now, the world is seeing it and praising her humanity. She saved him from certain death.
While patrolling, Urrea found a 66-year-old man stuck on the same track on which a train was coming. She quickly came out of her patrol vehicle, ran towards the man, and pulled him out of the wheelchair. By God’s grace, he only suffered a leg injury.
“Officer Urrea was in the area of Lodi Ave and the railroad tracks when she saw a male in a wheelchair who appeared to be stuck on the tracks,” the Lodi Police Department wrote on its Facebook page. “She noticed that the railroad crossing arms started to come down and saw that a train was approaching. She immediately exited her patrol vehicle and began running towards the male. As the train was reaching them, she was able to pull the male out of the wheelchair, and they both fell back onto the ground.”
“Officer Urrea risked her own life to save another, and her actions prevented a tragedy today,” the department’s statement continued. “We are extremely proud of Officer Erika Urrea and her heroism.”
The incident took place at the Union Pacific Railroad tracks near Lodi Avenue Wednesday morning. According to Sgt. Steve Maynard, Erika was patrolling Lodi Avenue and Sacramento Street at around 8:44 am.
Urrea had only a few seconds, that’s why she couldn’t get the chair loose. But, she remained successful in grabbing him and hauling him from the chair. The elderly man who escaped his certain death was taken to an area hospital where the doctors declared him in critical but stable condition.
Urrea is a 14-year veteran of the department. She declined to comment on her actions. Maynard added that the scene was cleared after about an hour and a half. During the time, the intersections from Tokay to Pine streets were closed.
The officer’s video footage in which she courageously tried to save the man garnered over 100,000 views within 24 hours. It’s available on the official YouTube channel of the Lodi Police department.
It was the second collision case in recent weeks. On July 28, an adult male pedestrian was killed after getting struck from a northbound Union Pacific train. It happened near Locust Street. The man was identified as 45-year-old Daniel Newton of Lodi.
Erika Urrea Wiki/Biography
- On December 20, 2006, Erika sworn in as a new Lodi Police Department officer. LPD chief Jerry Adams attended the special ceremony.
- She lives in Azusa, California.
- Her family and relatives include Carmen U. Browne, Anthony Gilbert Urrea Sr. and Maribel Y. Ybarra.
- In 2011, Urrea received $77,219.24 as salary and $41,620.91 in benefits.
- In 2012, her total salary was $79,804.10 and $45,169.71 of benefits. In the same year, the police officer told the details of the arrest of Lodi women Cythia Lopez and Gloria Escalante.
- In 2013, her total salary was $91,860 and received $48,037.12 in benefits.
- In 2014, it increased to $92,677 and $52,444.10 as salary and benefits respectively.
- In 2015, her salary and benefits amounted to $101,274.97 and $59,004.77 which increased to $110,351.93 and $63,312.43 respectively, in 2016.
- In 2017, the same increased to $106,659.99 and $69,181.81.
- She along with other LPD officers worked hard to seek justice for Dorothy Weiderich and Alan Gregor who were murdered on February 12, 2016, and September 25, 2016, respectively. Their killers Kenneth Vanderford and Kevin Etherton were found guilty in March 2020.
- In 2018, she received pension debt worth $37,489.01 along with a total salary of $105,745.39 and $39,337 worth of benefits.
- In 2019, the figures were $105,752.60 as total salary, $38,508 benefits, and $38,652.77 in pension debt.
- On May 21, 2019, Erika was one of the police officers who responded to a gunfire incident.
- On August 4, 2020, Urrea performed CPR on an elderly man who collided with the rear of a bus while cycling in the 2300 block of West Kettleman Lane in Lodi.