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US man jumps on tracks to help person who fell

Last Updated: Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 00:31

Philadelphia: Transit police in Philadelphia are calling a local man a hero for jumping on to subway tracks to help a man who fell off the platform.

Christopher Knafelc, 32, was on Thursday afternoon waiting for a train in north Philadelphia when he saw a man walk off the platform and fall on the tracks. He jumped down to help the man, knowing that a train would be arriving in a few minutes.

"I had a plan if a train came I was going to roll him underneath," Knafelc told WPVI-TV, "or if I couldn`t, I was going to ask someone to jump down and help me roll him." He held the man`s head and neck stable until firefighters arrived. Train traffic was halted.

"I was like 99.9 per cent positive that I wouldn`t get electrocuted," Knafelc told the Philadelphia Daily News. "I can`t see (the tracks) being able to electrocute you, because too many people would get hurt."

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III called Knafelc a hero.

"This is what Philadelphia is all about," Nestel said. Investigators don`t know what caused the man to fall on the tracks. He was taken to a hospital and said to be in stable condition.

"He didn`t thank me, but I know he was thankful," Knafelc told the Daily News. "You know what I mean? In my heart I believe he was."


First Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 00:31
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