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Lifesaver: Veteran subway clerk cuts power as train nears death-wisher

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A quick-thinking token booth clerk saved a suicidal man's life early Friday when he cut the power in a tunnel as a man walked toward an oncoming train.

 

Veteran clerk Marty Goodman sprung into action at the 86th St. station at Central Park around 5:40 a.m. when he heard a man yelling after he jumped off a subway platform.

 

When the man ignored his pleas over a station loudspeaker, Goodman dialed for emergency help, then bolted from his booth to try to persuade the bloodied man to come back onto the platform.

 

"He said, 'Leave me alone. Don't come near me,'" Goodman said.

 

Goodman, 62, said he then heard an announcement that an uptown train was but one station away. "I said, 'Oh, my God. I have to cut the power,'" he said.

 

Goodman said he raced to cut the power after finding a shutoff in the tunnel - while the emotionally disturbed man walked in another direction.

 

"It looks like Mr. Goodman did everything he was supposed to do in terms of activating the alarm," said Kevin Ortiz, an MTA spokesman.

 

Cops and FDNY workers rushed into the station to fetch the man, whose identity was not released. An FDNY spokesman said he was taken to St. Luke's Hospital.

 

"Hallelujah, the guy was okay," Goodman said. "I felt very good."

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/08/20/2011-08-20_subway_clerk_lifesaver_cuts_juice_as_train_nears_jumper.html#ixzz1Vb6Tmo8V

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This is a true HERO. He was brave enough to prevent a suicidal person. He just saved ONE life during the LAST MINUTE. Now, all station clerks must do this. I will prevent life-threatning happenings.

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Why did he have to go into the tunnel to cut power?

 

It's not like there's a power switch in the booth.

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And theirs none on the platform?

 

Nope, you need to go in the tunnel as the power switch is on the tunnel walls.

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Nope, you need to go in the tunnel as the power switch is on the tunnel walls.

 

Thanks for the info! Is the public notified to the location of the switch or is it prohibitted

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Thanks for the info! Is the public notified to the location of the switch or is it prohibitted

 

I don't know about that. What I think is that only (MTA) employees know where it is.

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Thanks for the info! Is the public notified to the location of the switch or is it prohibitted

 

There not there for use by the public, they are in restroffer areas.

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Thanks for the info! Is the public notified to the location of the switch or is it prohibitted

 

No, the public wouldn't know because a few wannabes would just shut down power for the hell of it and then think that they're "gangsta"

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No, the public wouldn't know because a few wannabes would just shut down power for the hell of it and then think that they're "gangsta"

LOL, we have 4 levers per platform and nobody pulls it for the hell of it. But I could probably imagine your city is 7x bigger theirs prob 7x more likely to pull it.

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Thanks for the info! Is the public notified to the location of the switch or is it prohibitted

 

I don't know about that. What I think is that only (MTA) employees know where it is.

 

No, and it should not be public under any circumstances.

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Pretty much the 3rd rail cut off and emergency phones are located right under the blue light bulb in the tunnels.

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Is their any intercom/emergency button to notify security/staff? I'd feel horrified to know I had no control over saving someones life.

 

 

 

On the (6) line you have those MTA Help Points with that lets you make emergency calls to rail control center

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Do S/A's take the track safety class that T/O's, Trackworkers, C/R's, etc take? I thought S/A's are really not supposed to leave the booth, even in an emergency, in case it is a ruse to get them into the open, or something along those lines?

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Do S/A's take the track safety class that T/O's, Trackworkers, C/R's, etc take? I thought S/A's are really not supposed to leave the booth, even in an emergency, in case it is a ruse to get them into the open, or something along those lines?

 

All MTA employees take Track Safety...even management.....

 

 

AND I THOUGHT THERE IS SPOSE TO BE A POWER CUT OFF IN ALL THE BOOTHS ??

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