Metro rescuer downplays heroism
The rescuer who pulled a man to safety from tracks at the Virginia Square Metro in August downplayed the act of heroism in an interview with WUSA 9 Monday. The video was posted last Wednesday to the Arlington Now blog.
Former Marine Dimas Pinzon told WUSA that as a child he learned about the dangers of electrified rails on New York City subways from his father who worked as a "third-rail man." Pinzon helped the man to safety as a train was approaching the station platform.
"I knew exactly where I was stepping," Pinzon said in the interview. "He used to take me down into the tunnels and show me what to touch, what not to touch. He said stay away from the third rail."
in the wake of the incident Metro officials have discouraged people against taking similar actions due to the danger posed by both trains and the electrified third rail, which provides power to rail cars. Pinzon acknowledged the danger of the situation in the interview.
"This is not to be tried at home, if you will," he said. "This is a dangerous situation. You touch that third rail and that's pretty much the end."
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