WATCH: NYPD: Good Samaritan saves man who fell onto subway tracks minutes before train approaches

NEW YORK (WPIX) – Police officers and a Good Samaritan in New York City rescued a man who suffered a possible medical problem and fell onto the city’s subway tracks on Thanksgiving Day, police said.

NYPD Officers Brunelle Victor and Tawfiq Bokt were conducting a transit sweep at the station, located at East 116th Street and Lexington Avenue, when other riders reported to officers that a person had fallen onto the tracks. Police immediately left the station to re-enter through the north side to get to the man, officials said.

Body camera video released by the NYPD shows officers descending onto the subway platform and finding the victim on the tracks, where another rider was already trying to help. Along with a good Samaritan, police were able to lift the 40-year-old man back onto the platform and out of danger.

One of the officers, however, was still on the track after helping to lift the man – even as the 6 train, shown in the footage, was approaching.

He is soon helped onto the platform, seconds before the train arrives at the station.

While waiting for medical attention, another arriving officer was able to help the victim using his previous medical training. The man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

New York Police Commissioner Kichant Sewell released video of the rescue on Friday, calling the responding officers’ actions heroic.

“Courage is second nature to the officers who rescued a man from an oncoming train after he accidentally fell onto the subway tracks in Manhattan yesterday. Please join me in saluting this fine police officer,” the commissioner wrote.

MTA Chairman Jano Lieber also issued a statement praising the officers and the Good Samaritan, as well as state and city officials.

“Joint commitment to [Gov. Kathy Hochul] and [Mayor Eric Adams] “Additional NYPD officers patrolling subway stations and trains not only helps riders feel safer, but in this case allows brave officers and good Samaritans — in the best tradition of New Yorkers helping each other — to save lives Lieber said. said.

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