Rockwood, Tennessee native, 75-year-old Glory Lee Wright, rescued a 2-year-old baby boy from railroad tracks minutes before train arrived.
As reported by WBIR TV 10, Wright was on his way home when he noticed a baby in diapers on the railroad track with no parents in sight. Wright recounted, “I freaked out at that point…and I heard the train and so I just immediately I pulled over, parked my car and took up after her. [sic]” Rockwood police officer Jared Hall expressed how dangerous the situation was, “We normally have trains running anywhere from every 10 to 20 minutes through our city at speeds ranging from 30 to 50 miles an hour. So that is a very scary thing.”
Wright, a grandfather of three, grew up near the railroad tracks of Rockland, and said he knew about that train so he was determined to bring the toddler to safety. The hero took the 2-year-old to a Dollar General store where they called police. The boy’s mother, Rahab Jaramillo, picked him up and said she had left the child with his grandmother. But the grandmother told police that her medication made caring for the boy difficult. Jaramillo and the baby’s father, Jonathan Noah White, were arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect. The Department of Children’s services investigated but did not remove the toddler from the home and say they are working with the parents and do everything they can to avoid leaving children in a dangerous home.
Wright wants to see the boy and prays for his safety. Memories of that day cause Wright to well up and he says, “I guess I’ll never get over it.” Together the city and the police department are planning a public thank you for the worthy hero and plan on presenting a gift to Wright from collected donations.