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The Philadelphia Transit Hero

Posted: May. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Philadelphia's Christopher Knafelc should be given every award available to the city's citizens because he's the true epitome of a hero. I can only hope I have a fraction of this man's courage should I ever be in a similar situation.

Christopher Knafelc, 32, was waiting for a train in north Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon when he saw a man walk off the platform and fall on the tracks. He jumped down to help the man, knowing that a train would be arriving in a few minutes.

"I had a plan if a train came I was going to roll him underneath," Knafelc told WPVI-TV, "or if I couldn't, I was going to ask someone to jump down and help me roll him."

He held the man's head and neck stable until firefighters arrived. Train traffic was halted.

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