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Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Police Commissioner Howard Safir today presented City bus driver and Good Samaritan Rodney Plummer with a mayoral citation for bravery and a $1,000 reward from Crime Stoppers. On February 11, Mr. Plummer was on a break in the Times Square subway station when he witnessed two teenagers viciously assaulting another teenager on the IRT platform. Mr. Plummer rushed to the aid of the victim and was himself assaulted as he tried to keep the attackers at bay until police arrived. Three assailants were arrested in connection with the incident.
Mayor Giuliani also announced today that the MTA will give Mr. Plummer, a 23-year veteran bus driver, bonus pay for the two weeks of salary he lost while recuperating from injuries he sustained during the attack.
"Mr. Plummer acted without hesitation and with little regard for his own safety when he came to the aid of a young man he had never met," the Mayor said. "His courage in the face of danger is inspirational and provides us with yet another compelling example of how New Yorkers are willing to place themselves in harm's way for someone in need. Mr. Plummer also demonstrates the caliber of our City's dedicated public servants who routinely go above and beyond the call of duty."
The Mayor continued, "I am pleased that the Mayor's Office was able to work with the MTA to ensure Mr. Plummer did not lose compensation for the work he missed as a result of his bravery. And I am honored to present him with a token of our City's gratitude in the form of a citation and a $1,000 reward from Crime Stoppers."
Police Commissioner Safir said, "Mr. Plummer's heroism prevented a young man from sustaining even more serious injuries and helped bring about the arrest of three assailants, including a possible gang member. He is proof positive that New Yorkers are willing to 'get involved' when they witness a crime."