Chicago commuter, 20, leaps onto subway tracks to rescue man who had fallen onto third rail
A 20-year-old Chicago man is being celebrated as a hero after he sprang into action to save the life of a man who fell on the subway’s potentially deadly third electrified rail.
Anthony Perry, 20, was honored in a ceremony on Wednesday by a local community leader who awarded him a new car for his heroism.
Perry told WGN TV about the moment he saved the man’s life: ‘I don’t think I was thinking about what could happen to me right now. It was more what I need to do to make the situation peaceful. I felt a little shock. I actually felt it all over my body, and then I didn’t let that stop me.’
The incident happened at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at the 69th Street Red Line CTA station in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood of Chicago.
Anthony Perry saved the man’s life on Sunday afternoon, shortly after he got off a train
Perry could be seen not touching the man at first so as not to be electrocuted
Despite being a bit startled, Perry was able to get the man to safety
Perry said of the other witnesses to the potentially fatal incident: ‘Nobody really did anything, they just wanted to record’
Chicago authorities say the man fell on the rails after a fight with another commuter.
The shocking video shows the man’s body pulsating as electricity flows through his body.
The hero jumps on the rails and carefully jumps over the railing so as not to be electrocuted himself. Perry had just got off a train when he saw the man on the rails.
In the video, Perry jumps back slightly when he touches the man’s body.
He then begins to pull the man away from the railing. With the help of another witness, Perry resuscitated the man.
The suspect was seen fleeing here. Police are still trying to identify him from witnesses who say he was the instigator of the incident
He was aided in his life-saving efforts by a woman who knew CPR. Perry told Fox Chicago: “She told me what to do. I have a feeling that was an angel from God. Finally I did chest compressions and turned him on his side until the fire brigade arrived.’
The 32-year-old man who is electrocuted in the video walked up to the other man and started the fight by spitting on him, witnesses said.
The two men fought and both ended up on the tracks, Fox Chicago reports.
The man who filmed the event, Tavi Ghee, said: ABC Chicago: “It was definitely surreal. That was an out-of-body experience.’
Another video posted by Ghee showed the two men rolling along the rails together.
The two men can be seen bashing each other until the man in the white shirt gets stuck on the third rail.
The other man leaves the scene and is electrocuted with 600 volts through him.
In an interview with CBS news, Perry described the scene, saying, “I noticed right away that there was an argument as both boys were picking up their dukes – it was like putting down their stuff.”
He continued, “I could have kept walking, but I was like, you know what? I’m not going to keep walking—because God wouldn’t want me to, so I took action right away.”
Perry added: “I thought about it, if I was in that situation, how would I want people to treat me? I’m just glad the man was still alive, more than anything. I didn’t see myself as a hero, to be honest.’
The electrocuted man is being treated at the University of Chicago Hospital and is in serious condition.
The other man managed to get off the rails and ran out of the station. Detectives are still trying to identify the man.
At a ceremony honoring his actions, Perry told the assembled media, “I was hoping I could just grab him and feel nothing, but I felt a little shock.”
Perry was a soccer star at Harold L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn. He graduated in 2020
Perry said of the witnesses: “When I looked back at the video and I listened, it sounded like everyone was scared… nobody really did anything, they just wanted to record.”
At the same ceremony, Chicago philanthropist Early Walker handed Perry a gas card. When Perry said he didn’t need a fuel card because he didn’t have a car, Walker offered him a 2008 Audi A6 to the hero’s disbelief.
Perry told the media that he normally had to commute 90 minutes to work at Amazon Fresh in suburban Chicago’s Oak Lawn, taking two buses and a train.
The hero is a graduate of Harold L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn. Perry played as a defensive backer for the school’s Bulldogs football team, where he was considered one of the top 50 players in the state, according to his Max Preps page.
The moment Perry realized that because of his heroism he had an Audi . got
Perry is congratulated by members of the Chicago Police Department
After receiving the car, Perry told the media: ‘Good wins. Good always wins’
Chicago Police Department Lieutenant Yolanda Irving said of Perry: ‘This is just a prime example of how a young man took it upon himself to jump in and do the right thing’
After receiving the car, Perry said, “Good wins. Good always wins.’
Early Walker is the founder of the group, I’m Telling Don’t Shoot, which describes itself on Facebook as, “Group of business owners team up to offer rewards to help find our babies’ killers!”
Walker told media at the ceremony honoring Perry: “We need more Anthony’s in the world. We need more of these people.’
Chicago Police Department Lieutenant Yolanda Irving said: WAGM TV: “This is just a good example of how a young man took it upon himself to jump in and do the right thing.”
According to the CTA, if you see anyone on the track, notify a CTA employee who will in turn notify the control center which will turn off power to the third rail.
Persons “should never attempt to enter the right-of-way, or attempt to remove the person themselves, as they risk electrocution.”