With his police body camera bouncing up and down as he ran down the train tracks, Perth Amboy Officer Kyle Savoia yelled at the man who had been spotted lying face down as the train was quickly approaching.
“Hey bud, move,” Savoia yelled at the man. “Move, move, move, move.”
Savoia, a rookie with just seven months on the job, also signaled the train to stop.
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The train stopped inches from the man, who heeded the officers life saving words and moved off the tracks just in the nick of time.
“Are you okay,” Savoia is heard asking the man off to the side of the tracks.
“Where did you come from,” the man asked Savoia. “Thank you. Oh my God, thank you so much.”
Around 8:19 a.m. July 19, Savoia, a patrolman, was dispatched to check on the welfare of someone on the tracks, police said.
As the officer arrived, a bystander pointed out a man lying down on the northbound tracks about 200 yards south of the Perth Amboy Train Station platform.
Savoia spotted the oncoming train on the northbound track where the man was seen lying face down, police said.
Savoia started to run toward the train and as he got closer, used verbal commands to alert the man, while also signaling the train to stop by waving his arms.
Police said the train began to slow down and as Savoia approached the man, the man jumped out of the way of the train just prior to being struck.
Police said the man was then transported to Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy for further treatment. “As police officers, our job is to make quick decisions in difficult situations and to act on them,” Savoia said. ”
At the end of the day, all that matters is everyone gets home safe. Also, at such an early stage of my career, to be able to make an impactful difference in a person’s life is incredible and makes me love what I do every day,”
Police work is apparently in Savoia’s blood. His father, Sgt. Kevin Savoia Sr., died in 2015 after serving as a Perth Amboy police officer for more than 28 years. Savoia’s brother, Kevin Savoia Jr., also serves on the Perth Amboy police force after both were sworn in on Jan. 18, 2018.