Posted Jan 23, 2013 01:39 pm CST
A records assistant at Kirkland & Ellis says he surprised himself when he jumped onto the tracks of a subway train in Manhattan to save an elderly man.
Ramiro Ocasio, 33, was waiting to board the train to his home in Queens on Friday when he saw an elderly man crawling on the train tracks. Ocasio decided he had to act, report the Gothamist and WABC. Above the Law notes the stories.
“I don’t even know why I did it, it’s just not me, man,” Ocasio told the Gothamist. “I’ve never done anything like this in my life. This is not Ramiro. I’m not a macho guy. I don’t even know how to swim.”
Ocasio tells the publications he is “not a strong dude,” but he was able to hoist the man to safety. Then bystanders helped pull Ocasio back onto the platform; Ocasio says the train passed by about seven to 10 seconds later.
Ocasio injured his leg trying to get back up to the platform, but he’s thankful to the New Yorkers who helped him and to God who gave him the strength to intervene. “I’m just an average Joe, a 9 to 5 guy,” he told WABC. “I just think God is great.”