Police Officer Saves Man Who Stepped In Front Of Train [VIDEO]

Police Officer Saves Suicidal Man at Metro Station

Working for the police can mean saving lives. But it's not every day that you actually have to do it in dramatic fashion -- and that your heroism gets caught on video. But that's what recently happened to a man who's been identified as Gustavo Chaparro, a police officer in the South American country of Colombia.

As shown in the video above, Chaparro passes a man just as the man steps in front of a speeding subway train in the southern Colombian city of Medellin. What happened next was caught by one of the subway system's surveillance cameras and shows Chaparro, wearing a yellow vest, calmly saving the man from imminent death.

As the video shows, the man that Chaparro rescued was a split second from getting struck by the oncoming train. The sequence, which couldn't have been better scripted for heart-stopping effect by Jerry Bruckheimer, was posted to Clip Nation, the video-sharing website.

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Speaking to the media afterward, Chaparro characterized the moment as routine. "It is my job to protect and serve the community," he said after the incident, as reported by Gawker. "And I will continue to do so."

(A post by the International Business Times reports that one YouTube video of the incident attracted comments questioning whether the police officer was in fact Chaparro. Commenters said the officer's true identity was in fact a man with the last name Ramirez.) Chaparro, meanwhile, already has received reward offers, he says.

Acts of heroism by working people of course can take many forms, and AOL Jobs has reported on acts of courage ranging from former drug addicts who have opened successful rehabilitation centers to the dedication of a young job seeker who trudged miles in an ice storm just to get a job interview for a minimum wage job.

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Dan Fastenberg

Dan Fastenberg

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Dan Fastenberg was most recently a reporter with TIME Magazine. Previously, he was a writer for the Thomson Reuters news service's Latin America desk. He was also a reporter and associate editor for the Buenos Aires Herald while living in South America.

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That is one crafty cop.

July 26 2013 at 7:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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wow the negativity...we would hope cops do so well, being "their job" and all...i am not a fan of the cops, but comon...that cop saved that mans life...drunk dude or not!

April 26 2013 at 9:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


April 26 2013 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey buddy, got a peso for a drink ?

April 24 2013 at 5:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He was drunk. That's what caught the cop's attention. The drunk was avoiding the cop's attention. Staggering and oops. Was not a suicide attempt.

April 24 2013 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hmmm looks to me the Police man was waiting for him to do what he did..Hmm

April 24 2013 at 12:59 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

if the man really wanted to kill himself, why did he wait till the cop was looking at him ?

April 24 2013 at 12:12 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

The cop knew something was up with the guy when he passed him. He turned and looked at him and stayed put near where the guy was. Good job officer, visit the man in the hospital or where he lives and try to help him.

April 24 2013 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris and Craig

Interesting music with the video.

April 24 2013 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

um, what happened to the guy he saved? Any update on him?

April 24 2013 at 10:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to rkrk727's comment

Thank God the policeman was there to save him!!

April 24 2013 at 1:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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