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NYC train operator honored for stopping train before hitting man who was pushed onto tracks

An Indian American New York City MTA worker was honored for his quick actions in saving the life of a man who was shoved onto the train tracks. According to the Queens Chronicle, state Senate member John Liu gave Tobin Madathil a Heroism Award on May 28th.

“We’re here to put up Tobin as an example of someone who really did the right thing — saved a life, is our hero — and is an example of how people should never just be bystanders as others are hurting and suffering, but to be upstanders and to do the right thing. Tobin’s actions are a bright spot in this very dark tunnel of which we have seen an onslaught of hate crimes,” Liu said.

On Monday, May 24th, an Asian American man was pushed onto the tracks by another man around 7:45 am at the 21st Street Queensbridge F train station in front of an oncoming train. Tobin who was operating the train hit the emergency brakes after seeing something in the corner of his eye avoiding a collision with the victim.

Tobin jumped onto the tracks along with other bystanders to help the victim back onto the platform. The 35-year-old victim was taken to the hospital where he was treated for a concussion and a deep gash on his head.

“I couldn’t have done this without God’s grace,” Tobin said. “Through this experience, I found that a life could be cut too short. We need to appreciate every second of the day because you never know what will be the last.”

Although Tobin Madathil was the only recipient of the award he emphasized that it was a team effort in helping the man. He called the rescue of the victim a “miracle.”

Police are still looking for the suspect and investigating the matter as a hate crime.

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