In a city where reports of people being struck and killed by subway trains are all too common, New Yorkers awoke on Monday to learn of a heroic rescue of man who fell onto the tracks.
The man, whose identity was not released, was apparently drunk and stumbled onto the subway tracks at the Columbus Circle station around 2:40 a.m. Sunday, the New York Post reported. A train was just two minutes away from entering the station, near Lincoln Center and Central Park.
Three rescuers rushed to the victim’s aid, the newspaper reported. Garrett O’Hanlon, 22, was the first to jump onto the tracks.
“I couldn’t watch a man die. It was such a rush, it happened so quickly — I just had to react,” O’Hanlon, a cadet 3rd class at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., told the newspaper. “He was unconscious, he was bleeding, and I couldn’t lift him up by myself.”