Police Officer Saves Man Who Stepped In Front Of Train [VIDEO]

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Working for the police can mean saving lives. But it's not every day that you actually have to do it in dramatic fashion -- and that your heroism gets caught on video. But that's what recently happened to a man who's been identified as Gustavo Chaparro, a police officer in the South American country of Colombia.

As shown in the video above, Chaparro passes a man just as the man steps in front of a speeding subway train in the southern Colombian city of Medellin. What happened next was caught by one of the subway system's surveillance cameras and shows Chaparro, wearing a yellow vest, calmly saving the man from imminent death.

As the video shows, the man that Chaparro rescued was a split second from getting struck by the oncoming train. The sequence, which couldn't have been better scripted for heart-stopping effect by Jerry Bruckheimer, was posted to Clip Nation, the video-sharing website.

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Speaking to the media afterward, Chaparro characterized the moment as routine. "It is my job to protect and serve the community," he said after the incident, as reported by Gawker. "And I will continue to do so."

(A post by the International Business Times reports that one YouTube video of the incident attracted comments questioning whether the police officer was in fact Chaparro. Commenters said the officer's true identity was in fact a man with the last name Ramirez.) Chaparro, meanwhile, already has received reward offers, he says.

Acts of heroism by working people of course can take many forms, and AOL Jobs has reported on acts of courage ranging from former drug addicts who have opened successful rehabilitation centers to the dedication of a young job seeker who trudged miles in an ice storm just to get a job interview for a minimum wage job.

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