CHICAGO (PIX11) — An off-duty TSA officer was hailed a hero after he ran onto subway tracks in Chicago to save a woman who fell from the platform, but the humble rescuer said he was just doing he was supposed to do.
“If we can’t depend on each other, then we really can’t depend on much,” Eddie Palacios said. “This is what we’re supposed to do, be human beings.”
Palacios was on his way to work Wednesday when he saw a woman fall from the Chicago Avenue blue line platform onto the tracks below, as a train came rumbling into the station.
The 50-year-old Chicagoan’s act of bravery was caught on camera. Palacios can be seen jumping onto the tracks, waving his arms to get the operator’s attention.
The train stopped just in time and the woman was lifted up onto the platform and taken to a hospital. Her condition was unknown.
Palacios credited his 12 years of work with the TSA for his selfless reaction, saying he’s trained to help those in need.