'Hero' Ex-Con Saves Guy From Train
Christopher Knafelc 'kind of surprised' himself with selfless act
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2013 12:42 PM CDT
In this image taken from security video, Christopher Knafelc jumps off a subway platform in Philadelphia to help a man who fell onto the tracks Thursday, March 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/SEPTA)

(Newser) – Most days, recovering drug addict and ex-con Christopher Knafelc has plenty to regret. But not Thursday, when he didn't hesitate to save the life of a perfect stranger. As the AP reports, Knafelc was sitting on a bench in a Philadelphia train station when he saw a man in front of him fall to the tracks below. Knafelc immediately jumped down to help him, stabilizing his head and yelling to bystanders to stop any oncoming trains until firefighters arrived. "It did help reinforce that I'm a good person," says Knafelc. "I questioned that a lot because of my colorful past."

"I think by doing this good Samaritan deed he's kind of surprised himself," says a spokeswoman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. "It's amazing. This incident may be the start of really good things for him." Knafelc thinks it's just paying back a little of the kindness he was given when he was down and out. "I'll never be able to repay them, financially or any other way," he says of family members. "The next best thing I can do is pay it forward."

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Mar 31, 2013 7:48 PM CDT
Knafelc? I think the Birth Registrars Officer was dyslexic...
Mar 31, 2013 5:25 PM CDT
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime, But is there because he's a victim of the times.
Mar 31, 2013 4:03 PM CDT
I have a problem with how they imply an ex con would care less of a human life than anyone else.Christ! Remember just a month or two ago the guy cried in the middle of a robbery, and changed his mind.Or what about the million hippys that preached to love one another while they (gasp) smoked pot?Ya think those Hippys stopped loving people ? -(Or pot ) LOLIve never been in prison but I know people who have. One guy I know got addicted to painkillers in the hospital and went to prison for faking prescriptions. You think someone like that doesnt have compassion for another human now? I say it is prison guards that lose the compassion MORE THAN the inmates.