2009-04-03 / Letters

Heroes In Far Rockaway

Dear Editor,

Yes! There are heroes in Far Rockaway too.

Today, a passenger was overcome by a seizure and fell between two cars of the 'A' train and onto the railroad tracks at the Beach 44 Street - Frank Avenue subway station. As curious passengers looked on a few courageous men pulled him to safety back onto the platform.

As the crowd began to gather around him the seizures increased in intensity and frequency. His body continued to shake and shift rampantly and it appeared as though he was going to fall over the platform again. For a few seconds we all watched helplessly and then suddenly a very gutsy man dressed in a royal blue outfit bent down and held the passenger to prevent any injury. A very concerned and caring young lady gently elevated his head and placed a book bag under it to prevent contact with the platform. As his body continued to shudder enormously, it took the very kind and quick actions of other male passengers to keep him in place on the platform. It took a while before EMS got there to render assistance even though the fire department is only a few blocks away on Beach 48 Street.

After the sick passenger was taken away by EMS I managed to speak with the man in royal blue. His name is Abdul Muhommed and he, and the others who cared so deeply for this helpless man, need to be recognized for their courageous and selfless actions.

Unfortunately Abdul's phone got lost in the midst of helping to save this man's life. As he and others searched to no avail he commented, "Is the city going to give me back by phone?" I thought to myself Mr. Adbul did not do this for the city but for the good of a fellow human being.

So, in keeping with that spirit I implore someone in the business district in the Rockaway's to donate a cell phone to Mr. Abdul as a small token for his valiant effort in maintaining this sick man's safety.

As a witness to this event and on behalf of this sick man I would like to say thank you to Mr. Abdul and ALL of you good Samaritans! Because of your courageous and noble actions you helped to prevent what could have been a tragic accident.

You made us Proud and you deserve to be commended!!

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