Human Interest Ga. Train Conductor Praised for His 'Swift Action' After Rescuing Homeless Man from Train Tracks Marietta Police said the homeless man had fallen on the tracks, was unable to get up and eventually suffered hypothermia By Joelle Goldstein Joelle Goldstein Instagram Twitter Joelle Goldstein is the Staff Editor of TV for PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for five years, beginning her time as a digital news writer, where she covered everything from entertainment news to crime stories and royal tours. Since then, she has worked as a writer-reporter on the Human Interest team and an associate editor on the TV team. In her current role, Joelle helps oversee all things TV, and enjoys being able to say she has to watch The Kardashians, America's Got Talent, Love Is Blind and Dancing with the Stars for her "work" responsibilities. Prior to joining PEOPLE, Joelle was employed at The Hollywood Reporter, where she was co-nominated at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Magazine Article for feature cover story. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor's degree in Television-Radio (and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four!) People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 1, 2021 04:09 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Marietta Police rescuing the homeless man. Photo: Marietta Police Department An alert freight train conductor is being praised for rescuing a homeless man from the train tracks in Georgia. The Marietta Police Department (MPD) confirmed the scary incident in a Facebook post on Saturday, revealing that the heroic rescue happened a day earlier in Marietta, Georgia. According to authorities, a CSX conductor, driving "a mile-long freight train at full normal speed," was entering the Georgia city when he spotted a person down on the tracks. "Because of his swift action, he was able to stop the mile long train before striking the male," police wrote on Facebook. Intense Body Camera Footage Shows 'Heroic' Cop Save Man in Wheelchair from Oncoming Train After bringing the train to a halt, the conductor jumped out to help the man get off the tracks and called for help, which came from Metro ambulance, Marietta Fire and MPD officers. Authorities said they later learned that the man was homeless and had fallen on the tracks but was unable to get up. "He became hypothermic and if struck by the swift-moving train, would surely have been killed instantly," the MPD wrote in their post, alongside a video of first responders lifting the man onto a stretcher. MPD officers, along with officials from Metro ambulance and Marietta Fire, walked "roughly a quarter-mile on the loose gravel" before carrying the man to safety, the post stated. RELATED VIDEO: Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Saves Man Stranded On Train Tracks He was then transported to Kennestone Hospital in Marietta for treatment, according to the post. At this time, it is unclear how long the man had been on the train tracks before the conductor found him, and what condition he's currently in. Before finishing their post, the MPD made sure to commend the CSX conductor for taking action and being so alert on the job. "We talk about 'situational awareness' as it relates to you avoiding becoming a victim of crime, but it absolutely applies here as well!" they wrote. "KUDOS SIR!!!" Several other Facebook users praised the conductor. "Kudos to the hawkeyed conductor. God bless you all," wrote one user in the comments section, while another added, "So happy the CSX conductor was able to stop in time to save the man's life!!!" "Give that conductor a medal!" urged a separate user.