This Cop Prevented A Suicide-By-Train

Subject rescued in the nick of time. She had been deliberately waiting, arms spread wide, in the path of an onrushing Amtrak train on Davis Street near Alvarado Street.

(Editor's note: When this story originally appeared on December 6, we did not have a picture of the officer who risked his life to save another. He recently received a commendation from the city at which time Patch took this snapshot. The original story is reprinted below.)

A suicide was narrowly averted on Friday, December 2, when a San Leandro police officer wrestled a woman away from an oncoming Amtrak train.

According to a police, it was shortly after noon on Friday when Patrolman Josh Brum spotted a woman standing on the train tracks about 70 yards south of Davis Street in the shadow of the downtown BART station

As he looked closer Brum realized that a southbound Amtrak train was rapidly approaching. But rather than get off the tracks, the woman just stood in its path with her arms spread out.

Brum quickly got out of his patrol car and ran toward the woman, yelling at her to get off the tracks. She ignored him and continued to stand in the train's path.

He grabbed her as she struggled  to remain on the tracks. But he gained control and pulled her away to safety.

Police Department spokesman Sgt. Ted Henderson said Officer Brum recalled that as he and the woman tumbled to the ground he felt the rush of wind from the passing train.

"It was that close," Henderson said.

The woman, who turned out to be a 40-year-old San Leandro resident, was determined to be suicidal and detained for an emergency psychiatric evaluation. 



matt costa December 13, 2011 at 04:40 PM
As much as Josh saved a suicidal woman, let's not forget the operator of the Amtrak train who was spared the nightmare of destroying that woman. Suicide by train is not pretty and weighs heavily on all who are involved in the aftermath. Good work, brother.
Tom Abate January 21, 2012 at 08:35 PM
It's good to have something to uplift us and allow us to give thanks.
Ken Briggs January 22, 2012 at 03:19 PM
so how is the woman doing now ? is she getting the help she vneeds ?
Tom Abate January 22, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Ken: That I don't know. Nor did the officer. Her identity is protected from release.
sister sister March 14, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Officer Brum, You put your life on the line. Not only are you brave and selfless, God chose you. You are the Angel that was sent by Devine appointment. You are the response to a prayer request to God, just prior to the incident. You intercepted what could have been so tragic not only for the woman you saved but for your family as well. You saved the life of a Mother, a sister, a friend. I thank you. The strongest mind can be overpowered by the weight of Depression. Thank you all for your comments, concerns, well wishes and prayers. The woman is better and is getting help. Recovery is constant. As sure as you live, life will bring circumstances and situations ,some that will take you out and some that will give the chance to make a choice to shed the old and live new and have the opportunity to HELP someone else.


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