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[Share]Published: December 17, 2013

FDNY Firefighters Rescue Blind Man Who Fell on Subway Tracks

(L to R) FF George Gerrish, FF Ralph Costello, Capt. Dan O'Sullivan and Spencer Presume.

(L to R) FF George Gerrish, FF Ralph Costello, Capt. Dan O'Sullivan and Spencer Presume.

Firefighters from Engine 37 – including Capt. Dan O’Sullivan, and Firefighters Ralph Costello, George Gerrish and Spencer Presume – rescued a blind man who fell onto the subway tracks in Harlem on Dec. 17.

When firefighters arrived on the scene at around 9:30 a.m., they found the man on the tracks, two cars in below a train at 125th Street.

Since the man was not pinned by the train, Firefighters Costello and Presume jumped onto the tracks to move him to a backboard. They said he was semi-coherent, giving his name and asking about his service dog (who also was safe), but saying little else.

The man had a laceration to the head. EMS members transported him to St. Luke’s Hospital in stable condition.

“This must have been a lucky day for him,” Capt. O’Sullivan said. “We’re just happy he’s ok.”

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