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Meet Eliot Swainson

Who's Eliot Swainson? He's the alert fellow who helped keep the 68-year-old woman who fell on the Gallery Place tracks yesterday safe.

Eliot Swainson
Swainson. (Photo courtesy Metro.)

From today's Post:

The most serious incident occurred at 9:25 a.m. A 68-year-old Nashville woman told officials she stepped too close to the station platform edge at Gallery Place, slipped and fell onto the tracks, Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said.
On the platform was Houston transit police officer Eliot Swainson, 46, who was among the 100 officers from other transit agencies helping out in Washington. Swainson had been trained the day before about responding in just such a scenario. He leaned down and pushed the woman to safety under the platform seconds before the train pulled in, he said. "I remembered that the platforms have a little space, and I pushed her down and told her to stay down," he said.
The train "would have hit her if she were on the tracks," Farbstein said.
Metro officials were able to resume normal service after about 45 minutes, a relatively short time for that kind of incident.

You can read the full story on yesterday's commute, written by Eric Weiss and Lena Sun, on the Post web site.

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 21, 2009; 7:29 AM ET
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Is anyone offering this fellow a job with Metro? They did a great job yesterday with a lot of things, but I have a sneaking suspiscion that it was the out of towners who did all the right things. A system so backwards as Metro cannot turn things around in one day like that. I'm really waiting to see how the next two weeks goes before grading Metro as a whole.

Posted by: dj1123 | January 21, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

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