It is not known why the man was on the tracks, but Scholz's wife, Emily Scholz, told Mercury News that it "didn't matter" to her at this point, and she wanted people to know her husband aimed to do well. "I just want people to know that he wasn't doing something stupid, or that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He wasn't in some kind of argument. He was doing the right thing when it happened."
Philip Scholz's memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on February 10, at the Veterans Memorial Building in Pleasanton.