An Ada police officer was injured on the job Monday.
Ada Police Officer Jeremy O’Brien was searching for a suspect when he suffered a fall just before 3 p.m.
“...Officer O’Brien radioed that he was flagged down in the 1000 block of Francis and advised of an intoxicated person walking on the railroad tracks,” Ada police officer Kathy Unbewust said. “Officer O’Brien then radioed he observed the suspect, a male wearing a white shirt, walking east on the tracks.”
O’Brien parked his patrol car at a dead end of Texas Street and was accessing the tracks when he fell down a large embankment. Unbewust was responding when O’Brien radioed for help.
“I arrived and found officer O’Brien lying on his left side at the bottom of a ravine at the base of the tracks just north of the dead end in the 800 block of North Texas,” Unbewust said.
O’Brien said his entire left side was in pain and Unbewust radioed for fire and EMS. Tensions were high as a train was approaching from the west.
“Burlington Northern employee Chuck Wofford stopped the train east of our location,” Unbewust said.
Ada firefighters and Valley View EMS rendered aid to O’Brien and decided the ravine was too steep to get him to an ambulance, so they decided to carry him to Francis Street where it intersects with the tracks, which is a great distance.
Wofford called for a Burlington Northern rail truck to assist in moving O’Brien to the waiting ambulance at the Francis Street crossing. O’Brien was taken to Valley View Regional Hospital and treated for possible fractures to his left knee and shoulder.
Unbewust said railroad employees were a great help.
“Those guys were exceptional,” she said. “They went above and beyond for Officer O’Brien.”