Michigan educators save man from oncoming subway train

MEA members Chad Gurzick (left) and Rob Roberts (right) risked their lives to save a stranger who fell on subway tracks in Atlanta last week.

 

Recent events like the Sandy Hook shootings and the Oklahoma tornado have shown that public school employees are committed to making a difference in the lives of others — even if it means putting their own lives at risk.

School employees have shielded students from bullets. They’ve rushed people out of collapsing buildings. Now we can add “jumping in front of oncoming trains” to the list.

MEA members Rob Roberts and Chad Gurzick were out with colleagues last Monday after spending the day at the NEA Representative Assembly in Atlanta. While waiting for a train at the Five Points MARTA subway station in the middle of rush hour, they heard screams. 

They had just seen a rat and thought maybe it was the source of the commotion. But it wasn’t the rat causing the stir — a man had fallen on the tracks, and a train was approaching at about 70 miles per hour.

Roberts sprang into action. He jumped on the tracks — despite a risk of electrocution and/or being flattened by the oncoming train — and helped push the man onto the platform and into safety.

“I couldn’t just leave him lying there,” said Roberts, a teacher at Webster Elementary in Hazel Park. “I was certain he would die.”

Up on the platform, Gurzick and others pulled while Roberts pushed. 

“We were in a position to make a difference,” said Gurzick, an elementary physical education teacher at Hamilton Elementary in Troy.

Watch the dramatic video here.