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(CBC)   Kid falls on subway tracks after suffering seizure. War vet jumps on top of him and pins him down while the train passes harmlessly above. Hero tag shakes its enormous peener at all other tags   ( divider line
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2007-01-03 12:41:05 PM  
Why is noting that the guy is a war vet *not* attention-whoring? Well, it's kind of like giving birth or surviving a shark attack - if you were in actual armed combat with an enemy, you know it's nothing to sneeze at, and if it's never happened to you, then STFU.

I like stories like this - it reminds me that people don't always suck.
2007-01-03 12:43:31 PM  
This thread is totally worth it for the ways you guys are trying to one-up each other on complimenting his balls.

/Story gives me chills
//I doubt I could have done it
2007-01-03 12:43:50 PM  
and *why* do people get so bent out of shape when someone in the thread belittles this man's actions or makes jokes?

these nay-sayers are just suffering from Peener-Envy.
2007-01-03 12:44:23 PM  
its only 3 days in, but i think i know who is getting "Mans Man of the Year" award. What a badass
2007-01-03 12:47:40 PM  
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2007-01-03 12:54:14 PM  
you're trying to tell me there is enough room beneath a subway train for 2 people to chill out?

when is his book coming out?
2007-01-03 01:07:01 PM  
I believe I just found his wallet...the one that says BADASSMOTHERFARKER on it.

/Heff needs to send that man a real bunny
2007-01-03 01:10:02 PM  
Best use of the hero tag in a looooooooong time.
2007-01-03 01:10:39 PM  
I can say with all certainty if it has been me that kid would have been grease on the tracks. Not because I wouldn't wish to save him, of course, but I really didn't know people could fit under a train!
2007-01-03 01:12:04 PM  
That's some quick reaction time on that old man.

And, FTFA - after Cameron Hollowpeter, 18
Hard to read the rest of the article when you are in tears from laughter.

His parents shoulda named the kid Dick.
2007-01-03 01:19:51 PM  
That kid better not grow up and be a waste of humanity.

/pay it forward
2007-01-03 01:25:29 PM  
Took me half the page to find a GANTZ reference, but at least we got a few. Wonder if anyone was waiting on the platform with camera phones at ready...

/Big Black Ball irked at man with Big Brass Balls, insults him with bad spelling
2007-01-03 01:40:03 PM  
I jump onto rail tracks all the time here in Torontoland, there's a great rail bridge across a valley if you run fast enough. Hell, once I dropped my cellphone onto the tracks and retrieved it in front of a crowd, making the whole platform gasp. Sheesh.

But this guy had PLENTY balls. My point is to all you "He was gonna orphan his kids" commentators. The guy knew he would live if he kept his wits together, it was a calculated risk, and it was worth it. The kids now idolize him, I bet. I hope to have this dude's presence of mind under similar situations.
2007-01-03 01:44:59 PM  
Give that man the biggest, farking HERO tag we have!

To you idiot detractors: STFU!
2007-01-03 02:01:15 PM  
Heard about this on the radio this morning. This guy has a huge sack. Period. In a society where cowardice, lawsuits, and a general lack of concern for fellow human beings typically precludes people from acting as good samaritans, it is really humbling to hear about this particular story.

The people that are going the whole "he was stupid - he could have orphaned his kids" route are just being trolls for the sake of it. Anything other than admiration for this guy is absurd.
2007-01-03 02:04:53 PM  
Give this man a freaking Key to the city. Hero indeed.
2007-01-03 02:13:29 PM  
My kudos to this man for his act.

But I've gotta give some mention to the train operator for the trauma he was put through as well. I worked as a traisit rail operator in Dallas for a year before I quit because of all of the crazy things people voluntarily did around trains, and the number of times I had to make emergency stops because of it.

You begin to stop a train long before you reach a station, and no matter what you do, the train will only stop in a predetermined distance according to your speed.

I imagine New York commuters far outsmart their Dallas counterparts, likely because there has been rail transit in NY for far longer.

The daily stress diminished the value of the pay, despite the amount of overtime and relatively generous benefits, so I took a job in public broadcasting instead.

/Don't know that watching Barney repeatedly causes any less stress...
//But the schedule is better.
2007-01-03 02:17:09 PM  
Brass farking balls.
2007-01-03 02:19:59 PM  
Ok...someone here knows...this guy should get a medal, which one? Make with the award Bush ... this guy deserves recognition beyond a few beers and Disney.

A new lottery will be started in recognition of this guy...MegaBalls.

/America Needs a Hero...or two...or three...heck as many as we can get.
//Give him beer too.
2007-01-03 02:23:49 PM  
he is a hero. amazing.

but that "enormous peener" thing is just weird.
2007-01-03 02:42:26 PM  
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Yeah, it's the real deal down there, they're brass.
2007-01-03 02:54:50 PM  

I saw this guy on TV today, he actually said he did it because he didn't want his two kids (who were with him) watch someone get run over by a train. Nice, much better for you kids to watch their father get run over by a train.

This guy is an idiot. Yeah, he did a great thing and saved this guy, but at what cost? He could have left his kids orphans.
Why? Was the train going to seek out their mother?
2007-01-03 03:10:29 PM  
Give him & his family lifetime metro cards. Wouldn't cost the NY Port Authority a cent & the guy looked like he could use it. Living in NYC is wicked expensive.
2007-01-03 03:10:53 PM  
Just before he leapt onto the tracks he was heard saying, "Get this motherfarking epileptic out from under this motherfarking subway."

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2007-01-03 03:35:10 PM  
FLYNAVY, this is what our MTA had to say:

From AM New York - Spokesman Charles Seaton told AMNY, "We are extremely grateful for the outcome of this incident. However, this is a reminder that customers should stand well back from the edge of the platform."
2007-01-03 03:43:40 PM  
Mcamp: Why? Was the train going to seek out their mother?


"Sarah Connor?"
2007-01-03 03:48:33 PM  
vodka: You'd think it would be easy to add sensors that could detect human sized objects on the tracks near the platforms.

Nah, the better-sized rats would set 'em off all day long.

/CHUDs too
2007-01-03 04:21:32 PM  

Mind the gap....mind the gap....

*maybe obscure?
2007-01-03 04:40:46 PM  
Why didn't you go for the "Shakes under Train", Psychotropic?
2007-01-03 04:56:19 PM  
Why is it significant that he is a war vet?

Many war vets have a heightened sensitivity to their environment, and will respond very quickly when presented with a dangerous situation. There's even a word for people who go into combat and don't develop that capacity: CASUALTY.

It is quite plausible that this HERO would not have even noticed what was happening, let alone have been able to come up with a plan to save the guy, execute the plan, modify the plan because of the oncoming train, and come out alive at the other end, if he had not been a war veteran.
2007-01-03 05:04:22 PM  
That guy has some SERIOUS balls! Good for him!
2007-01-03 06:01:27 PM  
GavinTheAlmighty: "Anyway, I thought that maybe the guy pinned him down and his crippled legs were still on the tracks and the train passed over them and the kid was OK, but the war vet, while alive, looked like a half-empty tube of toothpaste.

Needless to say, the truth is slightly more boring than fiction."


Mr. Autry sincerely apologizes that his rescue wasn't more exciting for you.
2007-01-03 06:22:45 PM  
Man alive, that guy took a pretty big risk to save that kid. That's the difference between a real hero and the dicks that the media keep calling heroes because they kicked a goal for their sports team or won a gold medal for running or swimming, whatever.

You sir, are a true man.
2007-01-03 06:24:07 PM  
I believe I know this man's favorite song: ACDC - BIG BALLS
2007-01-03 06:41:17 PM  
I second Rik01. Only on FARK could a group of people engage in a discussion of "why is it relevant that he's a veteran" in the face of the enormity, heroism and happy consequence of his act. I imagine the young man's parents are a bit more impressed with his service to their son on the tracks than his service record in Vietnam. You clowns really should STFU and recognize courage when you see it.

This guy is Chuck Norris' hero.
2007-01-03 07:57:52 PM  

The Fark squirrel wishes it had testicles this big. This is what Stephen Colbert refers to as "muchos huevos grande"
2007-01-03 08:20:18 PM  
I'm in awe. I really said "WOW!" multiple times during the course of reading this article. That man deserves enough money to retire immediately, pay for his kid's college degrees, and have a home for every season in the year. Then, to top that off, he needs a professional crew of 21 year old hot chicks to give his huge balls a good washing every day.

/I deserve it too
// At least the chicks part
2007-01-03 08:41:40 PM  
some idiot "JonnyG" here, possibly eating Cheetos in front of his computer, asks:

What does being a war vet have to do with this? War vets are just normal people.

Succinctly put, by television interviewer woman:

he says his military training is the reason he knew what to do and how to react

Answered it for you! No, I'm not in the military, but can respect their serious training.
2007-01-03 09:17:25 PM  
Not trying to be a hero-hater here, but let the record show that I call shenanigans. I believe some planning was involved here. Just a little too "perfect".
2007-01-03 09:24:36 PM  
good for him and stuff for saving that kid and all but how much of a darwin award would he have earned say he died too? or what about his duaghters growing up without their father cuz he tried to save some kid by jumping under a friggin train? i think he was stupid to risk his children's futures like that...
2007-01-03 11:08:31 PM  
for those adding up age, vietnam vet claim, etc., one should remember that you can enlist and serve at the age of 17. My brother did, in that very war. You can enlist even younger, if you lie and look older.

not saying he is or isn't a vietnam vet.. just that he could be.
2007-01-04 12:32:00 AM  
2007-01-03 09:10:15 AM HotWingConspiracy
Why is it significant that he is a war vet?

Combat training trains you to be aware, very aware of your surroundings.

2007-01-03 09:26:42 AM Cool Hand Luke
No huge balls tag?

AC/DC BIG BALLS tag time

So, is he single? *blinking eyes flirtatiously* undoing bun to reveal 2 feet of golden red hair, smoothing it into place,
2007-01-04 02:09:40 AM  
My age = 51
My birthday = 8/31/55
Vietnam eligble? Marginal, but possible.

/Well, not possible cause I was just getting out of high school in Canada.
//It was the style at the time.
2007-01-04 03:06:07 AM  
HotWingConspiracy: Why is it significant that he is a war vet?

Probably in the same way that it's significant that you are a coward.
2007-01-04 03:07:04 AM  
NaziKamikaze: Wanted for questioning.

Ouch. I wonder how many ppl get that ref?
2007-01-04 04:31:50 AM  
Honestly, some people will do risk anything to mount a writhing, bucking, helpless youth...

/one please!
//rodeo sex, anyone?
///seriously though, big respect to the guy. I am ashamed of my own comments.
2007-01-04 05:16:06 AM  
Something is wrong here...I'm a vet, so my first question was, "How does a 51 year old man claim to be a Vietnam vet?" See, we pulled OUT of Vietnam in have arrived in Vietnam in 1973, he would have had to have gone through Basic and Advanced Individual Training, when he was 15 or 16.


That being said, his actions today are heroic.
2007-01-04 08:03:44 AM  
A teenager with the name "Hollowpeter"? I'm betting it was attempted suicide...
2007-01-04 05:52:47 PM  

NaziKamikaze: Wanted for questioning.

Ouch. I wonder how many ppl get that ref?

Catch Phrase: "I'll f*cking kill you!"

//loved it except for the Anime Ending.... Manga still going right?
2007-01-04 07:33:27 PM  
leddown00: //loved it except for the Anime Ending.... Manga still going right?

I'm pretty sure it is.
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