Bronx, NY – A New York police officer heroically jumped down onto the subway tracks moments before a train arrived in order to rescue a 60-year-old man who lost consciousness and fell onto the railway on Aug. 18 (video below).
The harrowing incident unfolded at the subway platform located at 3rd Avenue and 149th Street at approximately 11 a.m. on Aug. 18, the New York Post reported.
Police said a man was standing on the platform when he suddenly lost consciousness and fell facedown onto the subway tracks.
Cell phone footage captured the moment when an NYPD officer jumped off of the platform and tried to rouse the dazed man.
Onlookers rushed to the edge and urged the officer to hurry while he struggled to get the man onto his feet.
A Good Samaritan then lowered himself down onto the tracks and helped the officer move the man to the edge of the platform, where bystanders and another NYPD officer pulled him to safety, the video showed.
The officer and the Good Samaritan hoisted themselves off the tracks, with several people reaching down to help the officer make the climb as the bystanders began cheering.
They had barely cleared the railway when a train’s headlight rounded the corner and headed into the station, the video showed.
The victim was conscious and alert when he was transported to Lincoln Hospital, the New York Post reported.
The NYPD posted video footage of the daring rescue to Twitter on Thursday.
“NYPD cops help New Yorkers at any cost!” the video caption read. “When a sick strap hanger lost consciousness and fell on the subway tracks in the Bronx, @NYPDTransit officers didn’t hesitate for a moment to put his safety ahead of their own. We’re also grateful to the Good Samaritan who bravely helped.”
The New York Post identified the officer in the video as NYPD Transit District 12 Officer Ludin Lopez.
“We were doing a station inspection. It was just the right place, right time,” Officer Lopez told the paper. “We just did what we were there to do, which is to help and serve the public.”
He said the positive reaction from the crowd after everyone was safely out of the train’s path left him with a “good feeling,” the New York Post reported.
“It just made me feel like this is what I came here to do,” Officer Lopez said. “I felt very fulfilled by that.”
Watch the incident unfold in the video below:
NYPD cops help New Yorkers at any cost!
When a sick strap hanger lost consciousness and fell on the subway tracks in the Bronx, @NYPDTransit officers didn’t hesitate for a moment to put his safety ahead of their own. We’re also grateful to the Good Samaritan who bravely helped. pic.twitter.com/m0kmylDUJJ
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) August 19, 2021