VIDEO: Police Save Girl Attempting Suicide On Metra Tracks

Bernie Tafoya
December 10, 2018 - 1:00 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- There’s dramatic police body camera video of a Waukegan police officer saving the life of a teenager who apparently wanted to commit suicide. 

Waukegan police said a girl called 911 to report her 17-year-old sister had intended to kill herself by standing in front of a moving train. Police had the girl’s cellphone “pinged” to get her location and Officer Christopher Harris showed up right on time, spotting the girl just as the Metra train railroad signal started.  

Officer Harris and K-9 Officer Andrew Orozco, at first did not see anything when they got to the South Avenue railroad crossing, around where a 17-year-old girl’s cellphone had “pinged.”

Then, as a Metra train approached, police said Officer Harris saw a girl step out from behind a metal railroad control box. The officer ran at the girl and tackled her, preventing her from getting to the tracks. 

The teenager was taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation. 

Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles said he's proud of the way his department, officers and dispatchers responded to the call from the sister warning of what the teen's plans were. Dispatchers had contacted Metra and "pinged" the girl's phone to zero in on her location. 

The Waukegan Police Department reminds anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts to call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.