LODI – A video uploaded by the Lodi Police Department to YouTube showing the instant actions of an officer to save a wheelchair bound man from an oncoming freight train gained national attention.
In the video, Lodi Police Officer Erika Urrea is seen driving her patrol vehicle in the area of Lodi Avenue when she noticed a wheelchair bound man stuck on train tracks.
In the video Officer Urrea asks the man if he can get out of his wheelchair. She then starts telling the man to get up as she notices a train quickly approaching.
A few seconds later Officer Urrea pulls the man off his wheelchair as the train passes by. She then asks for an ambulance.
She and assisting Officer Delgado tended to the man while they waited for an ambulance to arrive.
A GoFundMe account identified the man as Jonathan, a 66 year old grandfather. He sustained a serious leg injury during the rescue and was rushed to a hospital.
On the GoFundMe account created by one of Jonathan’s grand kids, Ruby Mata, states “We are so thankful for her courageous act of heroism and we know that God put Officer Urrea in the right place at the right time. Heroes truly do exist, and thanks to her, my grandpa is alive and breathing.”
The account also states one of Jonathan’s legs had to be amputated and the other was fractured.
Money is being raised to help replace his wheelchair and cover medical expenses. If you would like to donate to the account, CLICK HERE.
Passengers Walk Away From Plane Crash in Lodi
LODI – Two passengers of an airplane that crashed during a training flight walked away without injuries Wednesday afternoon.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office received calls to their dispatch center at about 12:30pm reporting the plane crash. The incident happened near the 16000 block of North Fox Road in Lodi.
Authorities said a Cessna 150 with two occupants took off from Lodi Wednesday morning and were headed to the Linden area for training. At about 3,000 feet the plane began experiencing mechanical issues, resulting in a hard landing.
Authorities say the investigation into the crash is ongoing.
High School Teacher Arrested
MODESTO – A high school teacher was arrested Monday after a police investigation revealed he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Patrick Mester was charged with annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18. He was arrested by Modesto Police Special Victims Unit Detectives.
Mester was employed with the Modesto City Schools District since the 2003-2004 school year. He taught music and band at Enochs High School since the 2007-2008 school year.
Mester’s ability to visit school grounds and have contact with students was revoked by the district, authorities said.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective Garza at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 572-9564.
Police Investigate Early Evening Shooting
STOCKTON – Two victims with gunshot wounds arrived at a local hospital early Monday evening prompting an investigation.
At about 7:30pm, authorities received a report of gunfire on the 300 block of East Oak Street, between North San Joaquin and North Sutter Streets. Early indications suggest the victims arrived by private vehicle at a hospital.
Shortly before 8:00pm, a report was made of another victim arriving at a hospital.
Police responded to the area to gather evidence and investigate. No further details were available at time of publication.
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