Glory Lee Wright is a true hero. The 75-year old Tennessee native rescued a toddler from railroad tracks before a train arrived.
Wright was on his way home when he saw a 2-year-old boy in diapers on the railroad track by himself.
“I crossed the track and I saw this baby just out there in the track and I looked for the parents and I see didn’t them. I freaked out at that point,” Wright said. “I heard the train and I immediately pulled over, parked my car and took up after her.”
Wright added that trains usually run through the city every 10 to 20 minutes at speeds from 30 to 50 miles per hour. He wasted no time and picked up the child. He took him to a Dollar General store where they called the police.
The toddler’s mother, Rahab Jaramillo, came to pick him up and admitted that she left him at his grandmother’s house. But the grandmother said that her medication made it difficult to take care of the child.
The young boy’s parents were arrested for aggravated child abuse and neglect. However, Department of Children’s Services did not remove the child from the home. They said they are currently working with the family.
Wright is not the only man who has saved a young child from railroad tracks. Last summer, an unemployed Brooklyn man missed his job interview to save a 9-month-old boy from an oncoming subway train.
Delroy Simmonds jumped onto the elevated track to rescue the little boy after he was blown into the path of an oncoming subway train by wind.
“A strong gust of wind blew. It had to be 30, 40 miles an hour,” he recalled. “There was a woman with four kids. One was in a stroller. The wind blew the baby onto the tracks.”
Simmonds doesn’t consider himself a hero for what he did. “I’m just a normal person. Anybody in that situation should have done what I did.”
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