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« on: January 05, 2007, 05:11:20 PM »

New York "Subway Superman" hailed
By Mark Porter


NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New Yorker dubbed "Subway Superman" received the city's highest civic award on Thursday after pinning down a stricken stranger on subway tracks just enough to allow an oncoming train to run over the top of them.

Wesley Autrey, 50, jumped onto the subway tracks at a station in Manhattan's Harlem neighbourhood on Tuesday to help Cameron Hollopeter, who had suffered a seizure and fallen.

Autrey held down Hollopeter's convulsing body in the track bed as the train passed just centimetres above them. Both were uninjured, but Hollopeter, 20, remains in hospital undergoing tests to discover what caused his seizure.

Autrey, whose knitted cap was brushed with grease and dirt from the train passing overhead, played down his daring act as he accepted the Bronze Medallion -- for exceptional citizenship and outstanding achievement -- from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"You see somebody in distress, you help out," Autrey told a news conference, as he was flanked by his 4- and 6-year-old daughters, who had watched their father jump onto the subway tracks. "I was just in the right place at the right time."

While Bloomberg called Autrey a "true hero" and the New York Post newspaper dubbed him the "Subway Superman," the construction worker -- who went to work as normal after the incident -- said the real heroes were U.S. troops in Iraq.

Along with the civic award, Autrey was also given a year's worth of free rides on New York's subway and buses, then met with real-estate mogul Donald Trump, who gave him a $10,000 cheque, along with two other cheques from undisclosed donors.

The Walt Disney Co. gave Autrey and his family a one-week fully paid trip to the Disney World theme park in Orlando, Florida, and tickets to the Broadway smash hit musical "The Lion King."

The New York Film Academy, where Hollopeter studies, said it had given Autrey $5,000 and offered scholarships to his daughters, while The New York Daily News reported Autrey had been offered a television show apartment make-over.

Autrey -- whose boss didn't believe his excuse for being late to work until he saw on the Internet what Autrey had done -- is also scheduled to appear on both "The Late Show With David Letterman" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

"Good things happen when you do good," Autrey said. "What better way to start a new year than saving a life?"

Autrey said he has visited Hollopeter in hospital and met the young man's father.

Previous recipients of New York's Bronze Medallion include civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The last recipient was Housing Authority employee Felix Vasquez, who caught a baby thrown from a New York City burning building in 2005.

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"What better way to start a new year than saving a life?"  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2007, 08:26:15 PM »

Jag,

This was such a great story..I read it on AOL.  I'm glad he got an award for it.
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2007, 09:07:20 PM »

riding those subways for years, I have to say I don't think I would do it, especially if princess was with me like his kids were (I would worry someone would take her). Guy is a hero..but later on this week 2 brothers in da boogie down bronx caught a falling 3 year old that got out on the fire escape and fell..those guys are heros as well..
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2007, 08:58:02 AM »

screw the medal gimme the $$$! lol
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2007, 10:53:15 AM »

bravo! Smiley

although i thought trump coulda shelled out more than 10k...i mean he prolly spends that in a week... Undecided
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2007, 08:22:45 AM »

bravo! Smiley

although i thought trump coulda shelled out more than 10k...i mean he prolly spends that in a week... Undecided

It's probably just his lunch money for the day.
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2007, 12:15:46 PM »

It's probably just his lunch money for the day.

exactly..

throw the guy 100k at least...it'll set him up for life..
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2007, 04:49:57 AM »

Why does Trump have to stick his comb-over into this? Damn, I hate PR like this...

The guy was trained very well in the navy, damn to have such wit and reactions in a situation like that...
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2007, 06:14:20 AM »

Good reaction from Trump, he got press for cheap and helped the guy out.  PLus undisclosed offers from other people. 
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2007, 12:55:01 PM »

yeah I know, but Trump's the last man on this earth to need extra publicity...
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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2007, 01:14:32 PM »

He was on Ellen, he got a free car and insurance for two years and free parking for a year.
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« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2007, 08:05:09 PM »

free parking for a year god damn thats awesome
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