PERTH AMBOY, N.J. — A New Jersey police officer who has only been on the force for seven months says a rescue he made last week was the most intense response call of his career.
Heidi Burke, a Perth Amboy resident, was on a train platform on her way to work last Thursday morning and witnessed the incident involving Perth Amboy Officer Kyle Savoia and a man who was laying down on the tracks.
“[Savoia] started running toward the train, the train was not slowing down at all. He was just waving his arms, yelling for it to stop. You heard, like, screeching, and trying to brake, and you saw, literally, like a real-life hero," Burke told WPIX. "He just jumped in front of the train. I saw the red shirt and a body attached to it go flying to one side, and the cop going to the other. And the train actually pulled in between them.”
The man can be heard on body camera video talking to Officer Savoia.
“Where’d you come from?! Thank you," he said. "Oh my God, thank you so much!!”
Officer Savoia, a 22-year-old rookie, has been on the job for only seven months.
“I was very nervous that the train wasn't going to stop,” Savoia said.
The unidentified man – who eyewitnesses say laid down on the tracks minutes earlier – was later taken to an area hospital for evaluation.
“He seemed scared, nervous," Savoia said. "He didn't really know where he was."
Donna Savoia says her late husband, a 28-year Perth Amboy police veteran, and Kyle’s grandfather, a 25-year department vet, both would have been proud.
“It has me very emotional," she said about her son. "I watched the video. I was in shock, you know. To see him do what he was hired to do, it made me very proud, to also be following in his father's and his grandfather’s footsteps."
Officer Savoia is thankful he was able to make a difference.
“The job means everything. You come out here to make a difference in everybody’s life. No matter what – saving them, helping them, helping them cross the street," he said. "It just makes you feel warm in the heart and good just to help somebody. And even to save somebody’s life – it’s even better.”AlertMe