The incident occurred on Thanksgiving Day at the 116th Street Station in East Harlem
The moment a group of NYPD officers and a bystander save a man who fell on the subway tracks
Two NYPD officers New York Cityand a bystander ran to the rescue of a man who fell on the tracks at a Manhattan subway station, knocking him out of the way of an oncoming train. a daring rescue captured on officer's body camera.
The incident occurred around 4 p.m. last Thursday at the 116th Street Station in East Harlem. The man, who police say fallen by accident, was taken to hospital with injuries to his hand and back.
Officers Brunel Victor and Taufique Bokth were on patrol at the station when they saw a commotion and heard a scream from the opposite side of the station, police said.
They ran up and down the stairs, through an emergency exit and onto the tracks, carrying the semi-conscious man to safety with the help of a citizen who was already trying to help, police said.
When they wanted to thank the man who helped them, he had disappeared among the people and got on the train. “We just want to say thank you, we are very grateful to him,” the policemen said.
Passersby then helped the officers back onto the platform, just before a 6 train arrived at the station. The difference between getting on the platform and the arrival of the vehicle was barely 10 seconds.
But the key person who assisted them… vanished.
When they wanted to thank the man who helped them, he had disappeared among the crowd and boarded the train . “We just want to say thank you, we are very grateful to him,” the police assured.
“Our day to day is helping people. We don't care what happens if we have to get on the line. That's why we do it, that's why we took this job,” Victor told WABC-TV.
Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell praised the officers in a tweet: “The heroics of NY’s Finest always amaze me…Courage is second nature. Please join me in saluting these great police officers!”
The man, who police say fell by accident, was taken to a hospital with injuries to his hand and back.
Officers Victor and Bokth were assigned to the subway station as part of efforts by Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams to tighten security in the system.
Janno Lieber , president and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that runs the subway system, said having additional officers assigned to trains and stations “not only helps passengers feel more secure but in this case it allowed brave officers and a good Samaritan, in the best tradition of New Yorkers helping each other, to save a life.”
( with information from AP)