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REQUIEM

Below are the two final essays to be posted on Allegiance and Duty Betrayed. The first one is written by a friend -- screen name 'Euro-American Scum' -- who, over the past four years, has been the most faithful essayist here. He has written about everything from his pilgrimage to Normandy in 2004 to take part in the 60th–year commemoration of the invasion, to his memories of his tour in Vietnam. His dedication to America’s founding principles ... and those who have sacrificed to preserve them over the past 200+ years ... is unequaled. Thank you, E-A-S. It has been a privilege to include your writing here, and it is a privilege to call you my friend.

The second essay is my own farewell. And with it I thank all of the many regular visitors, and those who may have only dropped in occasionally, for coming here. I hope you learned something. I hope a seed or two was planted. But, even if not, I thank you for stopping by ... 25 March, 2010

1/03/2007

What Better Way to Welcome the New Year Than To Recognize a Hero on the Home Front ...


-Wesley Autrey-

A Good Samaritan jumped onto the tracks at a Manhattanville subway station at 137th Street and Broadway this afternoon to save the life of a stranger who had fallen after having an apparent seizure.

The man stumbled off the platform onto the tracks, where he could have been killed if not for the heroic efforts of 50-year-old Wesley Autrey who did the unthinkable, jumping onto the tracks with a train approaching.

"He was stuck and I was like, 'Wow. Do I struggle here?' If I got him up, then I would have to go for the ground. And I didn't have that much time. So I just went for the gutter thing," said Autrey. "I just dove on top of him and held him down, cause I knew there would be enough clearance for us."

Autrey, a construction worker who lives in the neighborhood, grabbed the man and pinned him down in the gutter between the running rails while a downtown 1 train passed overhead, miraculously leaving both men without a scratch.

"I had to have the guy pinned down, because like I said, he was in a seizure," said Autrey. "He was incoherent. He was fighting, pushing and pushing against me. So I had to lock myself down, so he wouldn't push me back, and possibly my head get hit."

Autrey's two young daughters, ages four and six, who were with him at the time of the incident, watched in horror while the situation unfolded. When the train finally came to a stop, Autrey called out to them to let them know he was alive.

Autrey guessed there was maybe an inch or inch and a half clearance between his head and the underside of the train.

"Remember, the gutter maybe got like a 12-inch drop. So his body fitted in there perfectly. And I just laid on top of him, and had to pin him down," he said.

The man Autrey saved was taken to St. Luke's hospital as a precautionary measure, where he is listed in stable condition. He is expected to recover.

When asked if he considers himself a hero, Autrey said absolutely not. He said he was just doing what he thinks anyone else would do.

"No, I don't consider myself a hero," he said. "I just went to someone's aid. Someone who was in need of help."

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18 comments:

a california girl said...

Awesome! Tears in my eyes!

Dawnsearlylight said...

What a beautiful story.

How proud his daughters must be!

daveburkett said...

God bless him. I'd like to think I would have done the same, but I seriously doubt it.

calbrindisi said...

Some grateful New Yorker ought to open a scholarship fund for his two daughters.

Or Donald Trump or Rosie O'Donnell ought to do it, they're so big hearted. < g >

SidBreem said...

Speaking of Trump and O'Donnell, have you noticed how much play this story is getting compared to theirs? Just goes to show you where the media's heart is.

SharonGold said...

You make a good point. The media is so busy fussing over celebrities that they hardly mention this guy or any of the heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this beautiful story.

alexib said...

Mr. Autrey is one of those rare people who would throw himself on top of a grenade to save his fellow soldiers. God bless him.

Anonymous said...

I heard a somewhat similar local story involving a school bus on the local news last night that involved some teenagers.
The one teenaged "hero" said pretty much the same thing, "I was just doing what anybody would do."
That's why these people are heroes.

KathyMlynczak said...

His daughters will never forget what he did right in front of their eyes. He doesn't have to search for a legacy.

3timesalady said...

What a beautiful man.

ProudPodunknative said...

I don't think I know anyone who would have done what he did. Although I'd like to believe I would have, I have serious doubts. He worked by instinct and his insticts were amazing.

guinevere said...

I want his address and phone number. I want him as a friend, and an employee, and defending my country. Think he could handle all 3?

Seriously, this guy's one in a million, or more.

Anonymous said...

I don't think I know anyone who would have done what he did.

Ditto here.

Anonymous said...

I want him in my corner when the ---- hits the fan.

d_o'connor said...

I wonder what makes him different from the rest of us? If it had even popped into my head to do what he did I would have stopped myself because of my two little girls. I'm not saying he's wrong (far from it), just that I would have weighed the consequences to myself and my family.

stonemason said...

I heard about this story on Fox News for the first time today. They said that donations are coming in from all over the country and Mayor Bloomberg has awarded him a medal of some kind. It's nice to see that he's being recognized.

Anonymous said...

An example of a great American.