A 20-year-old man, identified as Anthony Perry, has been hailed a hero after risking his life to save a man being electrocuted by the subway’s train track in Chicago.
The man was reportedly engaged in a fight when he fell on the deadly electrified rail and started fighting for his life as 600 volts passed through his body.
Perry who had just alighted from a train on Sunday, June 5, saw the struggling man who was visibly vibrating as electricity surged through his body, leapt into action and pulled him away from the tracks.
With the help of another witness, Perry administered CPR to resuscitate the man who is said to be receiving treatment currently.
According to the Chicago police department, the man will make full recovery.
Following the incident, a local community leader honored Perry with a brand new car for his heroism on Wednesday, June 8.
Perry speaking in an interview with WGN TV said,
“I don’t think I was thinking about what could happen to me at the moment. It was more of what do I have to do to make the situation peaceful. I felt a little shock. I felt it all over my body actually, and then I just didn’t let that stop me.’
“No one actually did anything, they just wanted to record.”
In another interview with CBS News, Perry speaking on the incident was quoted as saying,
“I could’ve kept walking, but I was like, you know what? I’m not going to keep walking – because God wouldn’t want me to do that, so I took action immediately.
“I was thinking about, if that was me in that situation, how would I want people to treat me? I’m just happy that the guy was alive, more than anything. I didn’t see myself as a hero, to be honest.”
Watch the videos below,
CTA rider Anthony Perry is being hailed as a hero after pulling an electrocuted man off the train tracks at the 69th Street Red Line station. (video from Facebook user Tavi Ghee June 5 at 4:38 PM)https://t.co/90e2yCKce4 pic.twitter.com/To7zcC0ixe
— SubX.News (@NewsSubstance) June 9, 2022
DRAMATIC VIDEO: A mass transit rider is being hailed a hero after pulling a man off the tracks at a Chicago station. Twenty-year-old Anthony Perry was honored with a ceremony and an amazing gift! ❤ https://t.co/pPEaKZD737 pic.twitter.com/5Sb6qsiawB
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) June 9, 2022