Kyle Busquine of Toronto, Canada, had got off work early on a recent Thursday afternoon and was traveling home on the TTC subway when he heard some muffled pleas for help coming from the subway tracks.
He repeatedly heard someone calling for help in a soft voice that was “filled with fear,” he said. He looked around and saw an elderly, visually impaired man lying beside his walking cane, sprawled out on the tracks below.
Busquine, 24, didn’t hesitate to jump to action, but he was surprised to find two other men jumping onto the tracks alongside him. Jehangir Faisal and Julio Cabrera rounded out the trio that helped save the man’s life.
“We all jumped in at once,” Faisal said at a press conference. “You don’t really think about it. You just do it.”
The harrowing rescue was captured in a single image by local resident Julie Caniglia, who later posted it to Facebook. In her Facebook post, she hailed the three men as heroes.
“You just don’t know if there’s another train coming. He didn’t even think about it,” Caniglia told the Toronto Star. “It was all quite fast and just incredible to watch.”
Once the image was posted to social media, it didn’t take long for the heroes to be recognized. There was a swell of support and recognition for them once their identities were confirmed.
Busquine was just happy he was in the right place at the right time.
“The [other men] did a great job for coming down and helping out,” Busquine told CBC News. “Sometimes you just are where you need to be.
“I truly think that everything happened for a reason for sure and I’m just happy everything played out how it did.”
In addition to meeting the Mayor of Toronto, each of them received a one-year pass to ride the TTC free of charge. And while the men appreciate the recognition, they feel like they were just doing the right thing.
“I didn’t really see a big deal,” Cabrera said at the press conference.
“It was the right thing to do, the human thing to do, to help someone else in need,” Busquine told CBC News.
Proud to personally thank Kyle Busquine, Julio Cabrera & Jehangir Faisal at the TTC meeting today for going above and beyond to help a man who fell on the tracks at Broadview Station last month. #TorontoTheGood pic.twitter.com/xonTaSVzNx
— John Tory (@TorontosMayor) July 10, 2018
The Toronto Transit Commission took the opportunity to remind the public that the electricity to the dangerous third rail can be turned off at either end of the subway platform—as it was in this incident by another passenger.
By following the instructions on the emergency switch, they can prevent a new train from entering the station.
The man who fell onto the tracks suffered minor injuries, but is expected to fully recover. Without help from the three men, the story may have ended differently.