Man who saved woman at T stop says he isn't a hero
SOMERVILLE, Mass. (WHDH) -- Two men helped a woman escape from danger after she fell onto the tracks at the Davis Square MBTA station.
Surveillance video shows it was as if she didn’t realize the platform ended when she suddenly walked right off the ledge and fell into the Pitt.
“I came down the stairs and I heard some cries. ‘Help, Help, help!’” said Chuck Burke.
At first, no one could figure out where the cries were coming from, but when they realized what was happening, it was a frenzy to get her out.
“I saw a body crumpled there. When I finally saw her, there were several men running to her rescue and I think one or two jumped down into the tracks to rescue her,” Abha Gallwale said.
The first man in was the woman's boyfriend. The second was Chuck Burke, a stranger, seen on surveillance video looking to make sure a train wasn't coming before he hopped down to help with the rescue.
“He was first guy down and then I saw what he was doing and realized that it would probably take two people so I just jumped down with him,” said Burke.
The 31-year-old woman told emergency crews she was asleep on the bench and may have been sleep walking when she fell onto the tracks.
“It just happened so fast, I just, I don’t know. Just something kicked in, said you’ve got to do something,” said Chuck.
Chuck said what he did was just react but for those who witnessed the two men jump into action to save the woman, they said what they saw was unblinking heroism.
“You definitely saw the strength of the city. Without thinking of their own safety they jumped down to make sure the woman was okay and lifted her out without even a hesitation which was amazing to see,” Gallwale said.
That woman was taken to Mass General Hospital with a broken arm.