Rookie Gallup police officer honored for saving suicidal man
GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A rookie Gallup police officer has received an award for risking his own life to save a suicidal young man from an oncoming train that nearly missed both of them.
Gallup Police Officer Patrick Largo, who became a certified officer in May, received a Life Saving Award Tuesday for his heroic actions on Aug. 15.
He says that at the time, he didn’t think about how dangerous the situation was. He says he simply knew he had to do his job.
The Gallup Independent reports that after Largo got the man to safety, Largo handcuffed the man to prevent him from trying to jump on the tracks again.
The man was eventually taken to Gallup Indian Medical Center for an evaluation.
Information from: Gallup Independent, http://www.gallupindependent.com