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  posted on 1/3/2007 at 09:27 PM
Has anyone else heard about this? I have to confess, I am likely not this good of a samaritan. What an incredibly brave and selfless act:

http://www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?stid=1&aid=65571





 
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  posted on 1/3/2007 at 09:36 PM
Well .... I have to say that I sorta gave up reading the news on a daily basis... as it usually upsets me.... so my husband Bill tries to catch me up on current affairs ( somewhat ) and this was part of our dinner conversation tonight .... as he told me about this unselfish act ...Bills eyes filled with tears for the heroism of this man... we both wondered what we would do in this situation and we both hoped we would do the same....

 

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  posted on 1/3/2007 at 09:43 PM
I'd like to think I would, too. But, with a train bearing down on me & my 2 young children standing there watching, I don't know that I would. This is a very special person, I think.

...but, what is the consequence of not doing what he did? How do you deal with knowing you did nothing while you & your children watched a man die?

Amazing story.

 

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  posted on 1/3/2007 at 11:13 PM
This was a great story! It brought tears to my eyes when I read it too!

That is really amazing how neither were seriously hurt!

 

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  posted on 1/3/2007 at 11:30 PM
These are the feel good stories you like reading about ! He is a true hero !
 

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  posted on 1/3/2007 at 11:39 PM
I'm amazed as well.

How could he possibly thought there'd be enough clearance over their bodies?

Half an inch, according to CBS news.

 

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  posted on 1/3/2007 at 11:44 PM
I heard this story on Q104.3 today and I was wowed - this guy is just probably one of the greatest men living. To risk his own life in front of his own kids to save a stranger, wow. Especially with an oncoming train bolting at him - wow. I'm practically speechless - I wish there were more people like this guy in the world.

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 01:29 AM
Hell of a human being.

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 01:38 AM
wow!!!!!!!!!

just saw this on the news. amazing!!! what a guy!

he's so humble too.

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 02:30 AM
Amazing. Why can't everyone be like this guy. The city should give him a subway pass for life.
 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 03:13 AM
ha - free subway travel for life, that would be the perfect reward.

This story was on the news here too (Australia). Amazing - there is hope for us all yet.

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 08:07 AM
I saw your thread title, mmertens, and knew it had to be this guy. It's a great way to start the year, looking up to him! Or looking down at him between the tracks, keeping that other guy's head down. An awesome deed.

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 11:00 AM
A hero, indeed! I would've been afraid to act in this way. Being a non-New Yorker, I've heard so much about the "electric third rail", and have no idea exactly where on the tracks that is. I guess I would've been concerned about being electrocuted (2-for-1 day for death!). I did once help hold down a guy who had gone into an Epileptic seizure. There was a lot of involuntary kicking and punching - in a wide-open area. I can only imagine trying to subdue someone in a state like this under a moving train. Yeah, I probably would've froze. They should name the train after this guy!

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 11:10 AM
He must have been a little dude if there was only 12 to 12 1/2 inches of clearance under the train. I bet I am still two feet tall laying down.

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 11:11 AM
With so much negative news generated on a daily basis it's heartening to read/hear something positive ... gives hope for all mankind. God Bless Wesley Autrey for showing us what true human compassion can look like. Can't imagine what his kids were thinking as this was going on but they did see a hero in action that day and it was their dad.

[Edited on 1/4/2007 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 12:21 PM
He is scheduled to be on Letterman tonight.
 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 12:52 PM
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He is scheduled to be on Letterman tonight.
I'm watchin'!

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 12:55 PM
Definitely deserves being a Special Guest at this years Beacon Run........
Thank God for the happy ending. We havent had a lot of that lately.

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 01:26 PM
I've worked on the tracks long enough to know that there is not a lot of room under the train.
Depending on the rail size.
for example:
140 lb rail is 7 and 5 sixteenths inches high.
132 lb rail is 7 and 1 eights inches,
119 lb rail is 6 and 13 sixteenths inches high.
If you watch those train engines go over a road crossing you'll see that they don't clear the pavement by much. Maybe 3 inches. Plus sometimes trains will drag debris like steel banding, or such. Also sometimes excess stone or dirt will accumulate on top of the ties, lessening the clearance. I can tell you this, I wouldn't have done it. Or my fat arse would be flat.

 
 


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