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    New York "Subway Superman" hailed
    By Mark Porter Thu Jan 4, 4:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New Yorker dubbed "Subway Superman" received the city's highest civic award on Thursday after pinning down a stricken stranger on subway tracks just enough to allow an oncoming train to run over the top of them.

    Wesley Autrey, 50, jumped onto the subway tracks at a station in Manhattan's Harlem neighbourhood on Tuesday to help Cameron Hollopeter, who had suffered a seizure and fallen.

    Autrey held down Hollopeter's convulsing body in the track bed as the train passed just centimetres above them. Both were uninjured, but Hollopeter, 20, remains in hospital undergoing tests to discover what caused his seizure.

    Autrey, whose knitted cap was brushed with grease and dirt from the train passing overhead, played down his daring act as he accepted the Bronze Medallion -- for exceptional citizenship and outstanding achievement -- from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    "You see somebody in distress, you help out," Autrey told a news conference, as he was flanked by his 4- and 6-year-old daughters, who had watched their father jump onto the subway tracks. "I was just in the right place at the right time."

    While Bloomberg called Autrey a "true hero" and the New York Post newspaper dubbed him the "Subway Superman," the construction worker -- who went to work as normal after the incident -- said the real heroes were U.S. troops in Iraq. Along with the civic award, Autrey was also given a year's worth of free rides on New York's subway and buses, then met with real-estate mogul Donald Trump, who gave him a $10,000 cheque, along with two other cheques from undisclosed donors.

    The Walt Disney Co. gave Autrey and his family a one-week fully paid trip to the Disney World theme park in Orlando, Florida, and tickets to the Broadway smash hit musical "The Lion King."

    The New York Film Academy, where Hollopeter studies, said it had given Autrey $5,000 and offered scholarships to his daughters, while The New York Daily News reported Autrey had been offered a television show apartment make-over.

    Autrey -- whose boss didn't believe his excuse for being late to work until he saw on the Internet what Autrey had done -- is also scheduled to appear on both "The Late Show With David Letterman" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

    "Good things happen when you do good," Autrey said. "What better way to start a new year than saving a life?"
    Autrey said he has visited Hollopeter in hospital and met the young man's father.

    Previous recipients of New York's Bronze Medallion include civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The last recipient was Housing Authority employee Felix Vasquez, who caught a baby thrown from a New York City burning building in 2005.
    Last edited by ALIASd; 01-04-2007, 10:12 PM. Reason: DOUBLE POST!
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

  • #2
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    :bow: Wesley Autrey is truly a hero!

    He was a guest on David Letterman last night- simply amazing!


    • #3
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      This guy is a Hero but I love that he's downplaying it. The sign of a true hero.

      I think he totally deserves everything he is getting. I'd like to think I'd do the same thing, but until your in that situation, you never know.

      But come on NYC ... A year of free subway rides??? How bout' a lifetime pass.

      I didn't realize his kids were right there and could have watched him die. Scary.


      • #4
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        I wish there were more stories like this in the news.

        Contribute to my Johari or start your own!!


        • #5
          Re: Disney, Trump & NYC reward "Subway Superman"

          THERE ARE!

          Two NYC men save falling toddler
          Fri Jan 5, 7:53 AM ET

          NEW YORK - Two passers-by rescued a toddler who fell four stories, scrambling to catch him as he tumbled from a fire escape, police said.

          Julio Gonzalez, 43, and Pedro Nevarez, 40, saw 3-year-old Timothy Addo dangling from a Bronx building on Thursday, police said. The boy had crawled out of a window when his baby sitter briefly took her eyes off of him, police said.

          "He was hanging on for dear life," Gonzalez said.

          Hearing people in the building scream for help as the boy's grip weakened, the men rushed over to position themselves under the fire escape to catch him.

          "No one came," Nevarez said. "We knew it was up to us."

          The boy tumbled and hit Nevarez in the chest so hard he knocked him off balance, but he bounced into Gonzalez' arms.

          Timothy was treated at the hospital for a cut on his forehead.

          "He's fine. He's happy. He's smiling," said his mother, 26-year-old Katrina Cosme, who was working at the time of the accident.

          Police talked to the baby sitter, and an investigation was continuing Friday, Detective John Sweeney said.

          The crucial catch came two days after a bystander threw himself onto a Manhattan subway track to save a man who had fallen, and a day after three police officers delivered a baby on a Brooklyn subway platform.

          "This is the week of heroes in New York," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

          "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


          • #6
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            Two stories that help to renew my faith in the human race!


            • #7
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              Originally posted by sir clinksalot View Post
              But come on NYC ... A year of free subway rides??? How bout' a lifetime pass.
              I thought the same thing.

              What an amazing story. And best of all is how he's handling the situation. The epitome of classiness.

              Originally posted by Senator David Wu (D-OR)
              Don't let faux-klingons send real Americans to war!

              Originally posted by TheHousingBubbleBlog
              Everyone says that the U.S. doesn’t make anything anymore, but that’s not exactly true. We’re the world leader in the manufacturing of bull****.


              • #8
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                Well, maybe this will inspire others to do good things to help others.
                Good morning, son
                In twenty years from now
                Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
                And I can tell you 'bout today
                And how I picked you up and everything changed
                It was pain
                Sunny days and rain
                I knew you'd feel the same things...



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