Man pulls woman from subway tracks

May 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

NEW YORK, May 21 (UPI) -- A New York man who jumped onto the subway tracks to rescue an unconscious woman said he hopes his children remember their lessons about train safety.

Greg Wetzel, 40, who jumped onto the tracks at 12:45 p.m. Saturday at the West 72nd Street subway station and hoisted a woman back up to the platform about 60 seconds before a train arrived, said he hopes his children, boys ages 6 and 7 and a 4-year-old girl, didn't get the wrong idea from his actions, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

"I guess it's mildly ironic -- to do the exact opposite of what I'm preaching," said Wetzel, who said he has repeatedly spoken to his kids about subway safety.

"The lesson, I guess, is they saw first-hand what happened," he said. "That should give them a healthy fear of the platform."

Wetzel brushed aside any allegations of heroism on his part.

"It was just the right thing to do," he said. "If you see someone on the tracks, it's hard not to do something."

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