Good Samaritan Helps Distressed Man on Train Tracks

April 9, 2012 Updated Apr 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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April 9, 2012 Updated Apr 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -The quick action of a good samaritan and an experienced train conductor can take the credit for saving a 59-year-old's life. Thursday afternoon, 27-year-old Steven Love was heading to work and waiting for the subway at the city's Utica Street Subway Station, when he saw a man collapse and fall 4 feet onto the tracks below. Without hesitation, Love jumped down to the tracks to assist the man, who is identified as 59-year-old John Ciszek.

"He was covered in blood, and I couldn't find a pulse," said Love. "It was just instinct. It was a human being, a life, and I'm willing to save a life."

While Love tried to assist the man back to safety, a train emerged. The conductor Jose Ramirez, a 10-year NFTA veteran, was able to active the train's emergency braking system.

"The train stopped about 50-55 feet from the 2 individuals on the track," said NFTA Spokesperson C. Douglas Hartmayer. "So, based on Mr. Ramirez's quick action and certainly and Mr. Love's selfless actions, this incident didn't turn into a worse situation that it already was."

Ciszek was transported to ECMC for treatment. The 59-year-old is listed in serious condition.