Archive for January, 2007

January 3, 2007

People Are Good

But some people are “gooder” than others.

Like Wesley Autrey from NY:

A quick-thinking commuter saved a teenager who apparently suffered a seizure and fell onto subway tracks in Upper Manhattan, by jumping onto the tracks himself and pushing them both between the rails, beneath the oncoming train.Cameron Hollopeter, 19, of Littleton, Mass., fell onto the tracks at Broadway’s 137th Street station Tuesday. Another subway passenger, 50-year-old Wesley Autrey of Manhattan, was standing on the platform with his two daughters whom he was taking home so he could go to his construction job.

When Autrey saw Hollopeter fall, he quickly took action and left his daughters to jump on the tracks to bring the man to safety as an oncoming train approached.

Amazing! Even more amazing? The train didn’t touch either man, even though two cars drove over them before the train could come to a complete stop. They had about a two-inch clearance above their bodies. That’s it.

It’s only the first week of January, and I don’t know if any other story in 2007 will compare to this tale of bravery, compassion, and quick thinking.