As the train sped towards the wreckage, Christopher and his team scrambled up to the broken cockpit window. A bloodied pilot gazed up from his seat as shouts between Chris and his team muddied the clear winter air. In the background, the alarm alerting pedestrians of an oncoming train tolled continuously.
“Go go go go go!”
Christopher’s team shouted to one other as the train arrived, smashing into plane and smearing metal into the tracks.
As the train came to a halt, Christopher looked on at the startling scene. Next to him lay the plane’s pilot— alive.
Christopher and his team had saved a life with mere moments to spare.
“My family members were pretty traumatized by the event...they got to see first-hand account of the dangers that we really do face.” For Christopher, the personal risk is worth it to know he can be the difference between live and death for civilians in need.
“A lot of (the) times, we go out, we do the job and we leave. And we don’t know the outcomes.” This call, however, was different. “We got to meet the person that we helped save, and we got to communicate with him...I actually met his wife...It meant a lot to me to be able to speak to his family and know that, you know, we gave them that much more time with their family member.”