Subway stations in New York are typically bustling with vast amounts of people in a rush to go somewhere, which is why terrorists often target them in attacks. Slowing down, however, could potentially result in someone’s life being saved.
For example, earlier this week, an unidentified woman climbed onto the beams of a subway platform in New York City and threatened to commit suicide. Concerned, an unnamed bystander went out of his way to go up with her and tried to make her feel better. Thankfully, he was able to comfort her long enough for police and firefighters to arrive and take her to a hospital.
Prior to the police arriving, Michal Klein, a woman from Hoboken, New Jersey who was in the subway at the time of the incident, took a picture of the duo sitting on the beam, which is about twenty-feet-high, and shared it on Facebook. Along with the image, she wrote, “just came out of Broadway/Lafayette station and saw two people sitting up in rafters. One looked upset. I found out one young girl climbed over railing saying suicidal things. A random young guy went after her to calm her down,” noting, “others called for help and apparently no one cared. People were on phones making 2nd attempts and finally, cops showed up, but just cleared the area and stood there.”
She added, “I left the station. I hope she gets the help she needs. And bravo to the young man for risking his own safety to help. Sending prayers.” A short time later, she updated her post to say, “girl came out safe with cops and they brought her into an FDNY ambulance. Hope she gets the help she needs.”
Shortly after posting the image to Facebook, Klein spoke with reporters and provided them with additional information. “I couldn’t really tell if they were laughing or if one person was crying. I thought it was friends. I wasn’t sure. My first thought was: How did they get up there? I thought they were just goofing off,” she explained, noting, “the only thing I overheard was the young girl saying nobody cares about her.”
Curious, Klein asked a nearby woman who seemed concerned if she knew what the two were doing on the beam. “She told me the girl had climbed over the railing and went across the beam, and she said suicidal things,” recalled Klein.
Once the lady was out on the beam, the male stranger followed her up, wrapped an arm around her, and started comforting her. After several tense minutes, police and firefighters arrived and managed to get the suicidal woman off of the beam. They then placed her in an ambulance and took her to a hospital.
“He actually cared enough, whoever he was, to help her. A lot of people seemed to be like, ‘Oh, it’s New York,’ and kept walking,” stated Klein, adding, “I don’t know what I would’ve done. I don’t think I would’ve climbed over to do that.”
Another witness also praised the man for his bravery. “The fact that people take the time to connect with others, it means a lot. It’s sweet,” she reasoned.
A third witness confessed that he wouldn’t have gone out on the beam. “I just call [the] police. That’s it. Can’t do anything different,” he admitted.
Although calling the police may not be the bravest thing one can do, it’s actually what’s recommended. Specifically, the New York City Police encourage people to call 911 “instead of taking matters into their own hands.”
Regardless, the man’s actions likely saved the woman’s life. Hopefully, his bravery inspires others to go out of their way to help others in need.