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Will The Virginia Square Hero Please Step Forward?

by ARLnow.com August 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm 1,455 8 Comments

Update at 2:30 p.m. — We found him, and we’re hoping he can get permission from his employer to talk with us. Thanks, everybody.

We’re trying to get in touch with the guy who risked life and limb yesterday to help save a man who had fallen on the tracks at the Virginia Square Metro station. We’d love to find out how he had the courage to jump in the path of an arriving train, and how he got the idea to roll in the space under platform had the train not stopped short.

All we know about this gentleman is that he was wearing a blue dress shirt and that he left on a train — without much fanfare, it seems — shortly after incident.

  • Kevin

    Leave the dude alone. If he wanted the publicity, he would have stuck around.

    • BrownFlipFlops

      Agreed. Often it’s best to do some good, and then anonymously go about your day.

  • charlie

    If he was only wearing a blue dress shirt, maybe they want him for something else. I’d stay annon.

  • Thes

    While we’re at it, let’s empower more people to be heroes. It turns out that heroes don’t have to be “special” people who are “different” from us. That fallacy can be dis-empowering to ordinary people who are often in a position to do enormous good.

    http://www.lucifereffect.com/heroism.htm

    With regard to someone injured on the tracks (or if you fall in, yourself) every regular metro rider should learn that once you’re down there, the safest place to be is under the platform (the far side from the electrified third rail). Typically, that spot has just enough room in it for a person to lie parallel to the tracks and avoid an oncoming train.

    Now that you know that, you, too could one day be a hero, even if you don’t decide to jump onto the tracks yourself. You could just shout out that information to the person in jeopardy.

    • Hikin’ the pike

      Thes:

      I remember that trick from the Obama inauguration when an officer had to shield a woman…I think at Gallery Place.

  • Beth

    Re the roll under the platform trick, that’s how Sandra Bullock saved Peter Gallagher in While You Were Sleeping. Of course, perhaps that’s not where our good samaritan got the idea!

  • JimPB

    Rather than leaving Good Samaritan behavior with Mr. Name Known, better to have him known only as Mr. Blue Shirt, and a figure that each of us will hopefully environ ourselves as rising in compassion and bravery to emulate in actions that fulfill the second criteria that Jesus set forth — the Golden Rule. None of us may have the opportunity to save another from a Metrotrain, but we can save lives and reduce the burden of suffering by advocating and contributing financially according to our capability toward all having good learning opportunities, work, health care, a home, personal safety, companionship, an adequate retirement and a welcome regardless of religion, race, SES or disability.

    • charlie

      JimPB: You make too much sense. What are you doing in here? Balance out THES, at a minimum, I hope.

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