LAPD officers who saved pilot from train crash praised for bravery
In January, pilot Mark Jenkins nearly lost his life twice, first when his plane crashed into train tracks in Pacoima, then when a Metrolink train slammed into the plane.
However, with only seconds to spare, Jenkins was pulled from the wreckage by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department.
On Saturday, Jenkins and the Condor Squadron paid tribute to these officers for their bravery.
“I’m so glad to have four friends with the LAPD who saved me and saved my life,” Jenkins said.
Officers remembered that day and said they were happy to have saved a life.
“At first, I couldn’t really believe it, seeing the arms of the railway line coming down… I just thought it was going to get worse. It couldn’t have been worse, and then it happened,” LAPD Officer Robert Sherock said.
“Just thinking back to that moment, hearing the train and feeling the vibrations through the floor and just hearing the metal rustling, I thought, ‘Wow, that was really close. I am grateful that we are alive and that Mark is alive,” added Officer Christopher Aboyte.
“It’s as if the stars were aligned that day. I wasn’t even supposed to be there. I was on vacation that day and came to work overtime. I was coming back from another call, and I don’t usually take this route back to the station, but I could see the plane crashing,” said Sgt. Joseph Cavestany.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore was also on hand to congratulate the officers.
“I’m proud that a typical day went into high crisis mode and they responded not only professionally, but with bravery and a desire to save a life,” Moore said.
The Condor Squadron, which Jenkins is associated with, took the LAPD officers for a ride as a thank you, although the LAPD officers insisted they were only doing their duty.
“We were just doing our job. God put us in the right place at the right time and we were able to do our job,” said officer Damien Castro.
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