A 20-year-old guy rescued an electrocuted man who accidentally fell onto Chicago subway tracks.
20-year-old guy rescues
On June 5 at the 69th Street Red Line in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood, an unexpected accident that happened shocked everyone. A man fell onto the subway tracks and was electrocuted. A quick-thinking good Samaritan saved the life of the unidentified man.
The incident happened when a fight between two men escalated near the tracks. As the fighting continued, both men fell into the subway tracks. One of them managed to get himself back up to the platform safely. However, the other man touched the third rail and was electrocuted.
Thankfully, Anthony Perry bravely jumped into the tracks to save the life of the 32-year-old man. He carefully lifted him off of the rail into safety. Video footage captured the shocking events and was posted on Social Media.
After Anthony pulled the man, a woman approached him and instructed him on how to perform CPR on the victim. He believed that God sent that woman to save the man’s life.
“There was a lady, I guess she had medical experience. She was talking me through what to do,” he said. “I feel like that was an angel from God. I ended up doing chest compressions and turning him on his side until the fire department got there.”
Anthony suffered minor burns from touching the rail. But his heroic act was not left unnoticed, after the video of him saving the man went viral, Chicago philanthropist Early Walker surprised him with a 2009 Audi A8 and a $25 gasoline card.
The Chicago Police Department also honored him for his brave act. District Commander Roderick Watson commended him in an interview with the Chicago Sun and even said that they’re planning to recruit him in the future.
“This is what we need more of. Police can’t be everywhere at all times. This is a perfect example of what we need out here to help support our efforts,” he said. “Now, we have a citizen who actually took charge, jumped in, and should be recognized. … Maybe later on, what we can do is pull him to the side and recruit him.”
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