Cab driver rescues man on subway tracks

January 25, 2013 2:44:08 PM PST
It started out as just another morning commute in Harlem.

At 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, at 135th Street and Lenox Avenue, 38-year-old Isadore Branham was on his way to work until he heard people on the subway platform screaming that there was a man on the tracks.

"Flat down on his back with his eyes closed. Not a good feeling, no, not at all," Branham said.

You could say Branham is good in a crisis; after all, he's a yellow cab driver in the city.

He's also an Army reservist at Fort Totten.

"We have a saying where we leave no man behind, and he's a man that shouldn't have been left behind in any circumstances," Branham said.

So Branham jumped down onto the tracks and hoisted the man up.

At least 10 others on the platform also helped until EMS arrived.

Branham told Eyewitness News that he had just heard far too many stories of death in the city's subways lately.

"A man shouldn't die like that," Branham said.

Fortunately, the MTA says it became aware of the situation, and alerted all trains.

Meanwhile, Branham says he'd like to become a medic one day.

It seems his career is right on track.

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