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Video Captures Moment Police Saves Man Who Leaps Toward an Oncoming Train

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(Image: YouTube screenshot)

Whether it be accidents or suicides, people ending up on train or subway tracks too often ends in tragedy. A situation that could have had a similar outcome was prevented in Columbia when a police officer saved the person attempting to jump on the tracks just in time.

A surveillance video posted to YouTube shows what is said to be an attempted suicide at a Medellin Metro station. A man is seen walking toward and away from the tracks looking for the oncoming train. Soon, a security guard or police officer comes into the camera's view. Then, right as the train is pulling into the station, the man makes a leap toward the tracks, but the officer yanks him backward.

The man in the white shirt standing next to the officer attempts to jump. (Image: YouTube screenshot)

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

The man is then led away by the officer. (Image: YouTube screenshot)

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There is some confusion in the comments of the YouTube video as to who the hero cop is. The comments of Gustavo Chaparro leads some to believe he is taking credit for the actions in the video.

"I want to give recognition but it is my job to protect and serve the community," Chaparro wrote (translated via Google Translate).

Others interpret this comment as Chaparro suggesting he is taking credit for the heroic actions.

In reposting the video on his own YouTube channel, Chaparro explained that an officer named Luis Alfonso Ramirez is actually who saved the man in the footage. The incident occurred April 10, according to Chaparro, who wrote that Ramirez guessed the man might be considering suicide based on his actions and attitude around the tracks. Following his hunch, Ramirez went onto the tracks in the hopes of preventing such an attempt -- and he was successful.

(H/T: Gawker)

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