Wesley Autrey

Origin:
New York, New York
1956

Wesley Autrey was waiting on a subway station in New York with his two daughters.  He saw a man, Cameron Hallopeter, fall onto the tracks after having a seizure.  Autrey jumped down onto the tracks to try to get Hallopeter back up before the oncoming train arrived.  He realized it would be too late and, instead of jumping to safety, he lay Hallopeter down between the tracks, placing himself on top as protection from the train.

The train came to a stop over the top of them after five carriages had passed over.  Neither were harmed by the train – Autrey’s hat simply had some grease on it.

In an interview with the New York Time, Autrey said, “I don’t feel like I did something spectacular; I just saw someone who needed help. I did what I felt was right.”

Sources:

Wikipedia

Time

YouTube

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