Deputy honored for heroism following harrowing domestic violence incident on Caltrain tracks

Deputy honored as hero after response to domestic violence incident on Caltrain tracks

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A San Mateo County sheriff’s deputy is set to be honored as a hero this week in connection with his response to a domestic violence incident at the Belmont Caltrain station on May 31.

At the station that day, a suspect allegedly held his girlfriend over the tracks while a train was approaching — and with her 4 year old son watching, officials said. Deputy Pedro Miqueo responded to the scene, arrested the man and allegedly went above and beyond the call of duty to assist the woman and child.

This week, Miqueo is one of three people who will be recognized for heroism at the Board of Directors meetings for both Caltrain and SamTrans.

After the arrest, Miqueo treated the mother and son “with care and compassion, connecting them with crisis counselors at Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA), driving her to the child’s school when she was unable to do so herself and staying in contact with her after the incident to provide further support,” according to the transit agencies.

The deputy will be honored with an award at the Joint Powers Board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Two more heroes set to be recognized at the SamTrans board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5. They are Hector Tagal and Jaime Gonzalez, two RediCoast vehicle operators who sprung into action when they came upon the scene of a car accident on La Honda Road in La Honda. They called 911 about an overturned car containing an unconscious driver, then proceeded to free the driver from the vehicle by the time paramedics arrived.

“A 911 dispatch officer called the RediCoast office to thank them for saving the man’s life,” according to officials.

“Our District is lucky to have a dedicated group of employees and dedicated law enforcement professionals that take their work very seriously,” said Jim Hartnett, GM and CEO of the San Mateo County Transit District. “It is of no surprise to me that, when dangerous situations come up, that they rise to the occasion and do what they can to keep the public safe.”

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