Two San Mateo Sheriff deputies, security guard to be honored for heroic efforts

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Thursday, September 3, 2015
FILE - Two San Mateo County sheriff's deputies are seen walking in this undated photo.
FILE - Two San Mateo County sheriff's deputies are seen walking in this undated photo.
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. (KGO) -- Caltrain's Board of Directors is honoring two San Mateo County Sheriff's deputies and a security guard for their heroic efforts.

Security officer Dell Thompson was recently patrolling the Redwood City Caltrain station when authorities say he prevented a suicide attempt.

And Deputies Lance Whitted and Erik Rueppel made headlines earlier this month after they saved the driver of a stalled car from an oncoming train.

Video posted to YouTube by a witness shows Whitted pull Nelson Gomez out of his car just before the Caltrain slammed into the 20-year-old's vehicle.

Local dignitaries, including U.S. Representative Jackie Speier are attending Thursday's event.