…And Then A Hero Comes Along.

What this man did was downright mind-boggling:

Mr. [Wesley] Autrey was waiting for the downtown local at 137th Street and Broadway in Manhattan around 12:45 p.m. He was taking his two daughters, Syshe, 4, and Shuqui, 6, home before work.

Nearby, a man collapsed, his body convulsing. Mr. Autrey and two women rushed to help, he said. The man, Cameron Hollopeter, 20, managed to get up, but then stumbled to the platform edge and fell to the tracks, between the two rails.

The headlights of the No. 1 train appeared. I had to make a split decision, Mr. Autrey said.

So he made one, and leapt.

Mr. Autrey lay on Mr. Hollopeter, his heart pounding, pressing him down in a space roughly a foot deep. The trains brakes screeched, but it could not stop in time.

Five cars rolled overhead before the train stopped, the cars passing inches from his head, smudging his blue knit cap with grease. Mr. Autrey heard onlookers screams. Were O.K. down here, he yelled, but I’ve got two daughters up there. Let them know their fathers O.K. He heard cries of wonder, and applause.

Power was cut, and workers got them out. Mr. Hollopeter, a student at the New York Film Academy, was taken to St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He had only bumps and bruises, said his grandfather, Jeff Friedman. The police said it appeared that Mr. Hollopeter had suffered a seizure.

Mr. Autrey refused medical help, because, he said, nothing was wrong. He did visit Mr. Hollopeter in the hospital before heading to his night shift. I dont feel like I did something spectacular; I just saw someone who needed help, Mr. Autrey said. I did what I felt was right.

How many of you would have done what Mr. Autrey did? Would instinct have ruled your actions, or would you seriously consider things first.

Autrey had two daughters who were watching from the subway platform. This had the potential to scar them for life, yet, because it turned out well, it probably elevated their father to Superman status.

If Autrey hadn’t survived, do you think he still would have been considered a hero? What’s the difference between a hero and a fool? A pulse?

New York Times: Man Is Rescued by Stranger on Subway Tracks

6 thoughts on “…And Then A Hero Comes Along.

  1. >I know I would not have done this. The only way I would have laid my life down for that man is if, as Rich stated, God took over my body. Other than that…he would have been a goner waiting on the kid. Sorry.

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  2. >being a commuter of the nyc subways…i often wondered about the drainage culvert that those two brave souls lie in. in reading articles posted in the ny press, the culverts are as "high" as 8 inches deep in some places and as low as 24 inches, apparently where this incident happened. what i wondered about these culverts was that if a one was to lie in this culvert would they survive a train running over them? in nyc, there's always stories of someone being run over by a train (mostly suicides), medicial seizures (falling unto the track, like this situation) or the ocassional nutball who pushes one into an oncoming train. but as we all have learned, one can survive, by God's grace of course. another area of concern is underneath the subway platform. in most places, the platform is like a "lip" over the track, so if one falls off the platform, they may be able to "hide" underneath the lip to avoid being struck by the train or electrocuted, but i'm not willing to find out. i'll just stay away from the edge of the platform in general and watch my back on the train.* but could I have done what Mr. Autrey did?….only God knows *

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  3. >Well, my hat off to the brother but I was just thinking if it had not turned out well his daughters would have been traumatized for life. Thankfully it turned out as it did and we are reassured that there are people who care (albeit foolishly).For me, I know my big ass can't fit in 8" or 24" so hell naw, I wouldn't have jumped down there. That's my story and I am sticking to it.

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