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Old 01-12-2007, 08:23 PM   #1
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If you have NOT jumped on a subway track in new york please stand up!

Another NYC subway hero saves woman

NEW YORK - New York City has another subway hero to brag about. An off-duty emergency medical technician saved a woman who apparently intended to throw herself in front of a subway train in Brooklyn, almost ending up on the tracks as the woman tried to fight him off, the fire department said.

"It was pretty close," 38-year-old Daniel Fitzpatrick said Friday of his near-encounter with an oncoming train. "It was too close for me, put it that way."

The Thursday rescue came just over a week after 50-year-old Wesley Autrey saved a young man, and himself, from an oncoming train by placing his body over the teenager in a pit between the tracks.

Fitzpatrick found himself similarly thrust into danger as he was headed home to Franklin Square on Long Island Thursday. He was wearing his FDNY jacket when someone at the Flushing Avenue stop on the J line tapped him on the shoulder and alerted him to an apparently distraught woman.

"FDNY, I think this lady is going to jump," Fitzpatrick said the stranger told him.

Fitzpatrick said he tried to get the woman's attention, but she walked away. Not long afterward, he saw her climbing down to a utility catwalk near the tracks at the elevated station, just as a train was coming.

He went after her, grabbing her and keeping her pinned to railing on the side of the track bed. The woman kept pushing him back, and the train nearly hit his head, he said. Another straphanger grabbed his head and protected it.

Police arrived on the scene of the incident, which occurred around 4 p.m., and took the woman to a hospital. Officials Friday said they had no information on the woman's condition.

Fitzpatrick "displayed great courage in the face of danger and saved a woman from certain death," fire Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano said Friday in a release. "He, and the civilian who assisted, should be commended."

Fitzpatrick has been on the job as an EMT for the fire department for nearly three years and is training to be a paramedic. Prior to joining the emergency rescue services, he was a corporate trust officer.

He said he didn't know who the man was who helped protect his head.

"I thanked him, but I've been trying to reach out to him to thank him in person," he said. "I really appreciate what he did for me."

He said Friday that he's physically fine.

"I think I had a little too much adrenaline," he said.

It remains to be seen whether he'll get the attention Autrey received, which included a $10,000 check from real estate mogul Donald Trump. But Fitzpatrick said that's not a concern — he's just happy things worked out.

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I'm glad to say I have not jumped on a subway track in NYC. I rode the subway, but we were down there cleaning up just weeks after September 11, so I don't think any movements towards the track would have even gotten that far.

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Wow, this is a time for heroes.
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I never ever ever take the subways....I'd walk 22 blocks like I did for U2 before I would hop on a subway....

All the fabulous people trying to help is very inspiring.

When I was 11 my grandfather was mugged on the platform and the guy tried to kick him onto the tracks, luckily he got scared off and my grandfather managed to get up and go home. I went to see him because he was banged up pretty bad and I will never forget what he looked liked. Therefore, never ever.
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Sorry to hear that about what happen to your grandfather. That is a good reason though.
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omg that is so scary JC!

I rode the subway while i was in NY, pretty much every day. In fact I met some girls on the subway one afternoon after they noticed I was carrying a pleasure chest bag (looooong story) and we ended up going for dinner and then cocktails at bed! It was a great night, and i still talk to them now 3 years on!

I cannot believe how brave some people can be!
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I have a friend who watched somebody jump down there after he dropped his Blackberry. I love how people have their priorities straight.
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I lived in NYC for 26 years, and return often....I ride the subways all the time and have never had a problem.
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Sad to say the only part of NYC I've ever been to is JFK Airport

I've been to upstate NY several times though
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someone managed to stand on a train platform without falling in the gap? shocking!
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Old 01-18-2007, 04:00 PM   #11
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I never ever ever take the subways....I'd walk 22 blocks like I did for U2 before I would hop on a subway
Sorry to hear about your grandfather, but the subways are my favorite part of New York. So easy, so quick, so cheap. And MUCH safer than they used to be. It's the best way to get around. And I'm sure you'd agree that eventually everyone has a story similar to yours, whether they live in Nebraska, suburbia, or New York.
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I was a bit scared of taking the subway when i went to NY a few years back, more because I was sure I'd get totally lost and not be able to find my way back again After a day or two tho I was jumping on and off the trains like i'd been doing it all my life!! I reckon NY has got THE best public transport system!!

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