Officer hailed hero after he shields girl during police activity

Next with Kyle Clark. 9NEWS @ 6. 11/10/2016

DENVER - An RTD transit police officer was caught on camera taking a child to safety downtown, while DPD was arresting a murder suspect in the area they believed was armed.

The video could give you goosebumps. Yes, some on social media have already said it's the officer's job.

RTD Transport Police Officer Jerry Torres would tell you the same thing. It is.

“Any officer at that scene would've done the same thing,” he told 9Wants To Know reporter Anastasiya Bolton.

“It's part of our training. You don't think about it. It's protect and serve. Not a hero. No.”

Wednesday, Torres was near 17th and Champa Street in downtown Denver, when DPD was looking for a man who'd just killed someone and shot someone else.

He was trying to get away on an RTD bus.

“As I was focusing on the bus, I looked, Oh my God, there is a lady sitting in the car, she's looking terrified. Because we're all pointing guns at the bus, I thought, ‘Oh My Gosh, we need to get her out of there.’ I motion her to get out of the car, come this way. She opened the door and pulled her back seat open, I'm like, ‘No, no, no. This way. She's like, ‘there is a child back here,’ I was like ‘Oh my Gosh.’”

Officer Torres said he had cover from a Department of Homeland Security officer, the man to his left in the video, with a long gun.

They didn't talk, they just knew what to do, they train on what to do.

“As soon as she pulled the girl out, the child, I instinctively just grabbed her and ran with her, shielding her, trying to get her back to the safe area in the parking lots,” Torres said.

Torres told 9NEWS, he loves his job, even after 33 years of working in different parts of the country.

“I love protecting and serving,” he said.

To him, it's not just a slogan, it means something, he was caught on camera living it.

“I couldn't think of doing anything else,” he said.

RTD says it has several hundred police officer and security guards who work for them.

RTD urges people to use the old adage, if you see something, say something.

Call Transit Watch line at 303-299-2911 or text 303-434-9100 or use the Watch app. 

Copyright 2016 KUSA


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment