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Dramatic Subway Rescue Captured on Video

Man was pulled to safety moments before train hit
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2019 8:13 AM CST

(Newser) – The Bay Area Rapid Transit System is praising "humble hero" John O'Connor for saving a man's life at a station in Oakland on Sunday night. In a dramatic rescue captured on video, the transportation supervisor saved an intoxicated man who had fallen into the path of a train. O'Connor, who had been conducting crowd control at Coliseum Station after the Oakland Raiders-Detroit Lions game, grabbed the man by the shoulders and pulled him to safety a split-second before the train would have hit him, NBC Bay Area reports. O'Connor says he was just feet away when he saw the man stumble and fall in his peripheral vision. "I thought the train was going to cut him in half, honestly," O'Connor says. "I didn't want to see this guy die."

The men were seen embracing moments after the rescue, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. O'Connor, a former train operator who was promoted to supervisor, has been with the transit agency for 24 years. He says he was just doing his job. "When you look at police, fire, military, we got heroes on a daily basis. It really feels awkward to be called a hero cause it's what we're supposed to do," he says. "We're all human beings. Life is precious." KTIC reports that O'Connor has some advice for the man he saved: "Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Try to use a little more caution and go out and do something good with your life. Enjoy the rest of the days God blessed you with." (Read more BART stories.)

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