Chicago TSA worker jumps in front of train to save woman

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An off-duty Transport Security Administration employee jumped into the path of an oncoming commuter train in Chicago to save a woman who had fallen onto the tracks.

Eddie Palacios, a 50-year-old security checkpoint worker at O’Hare Airport, jumped into action after hearing people scream that a woman had fallen onto the inbound tracks at the Avenue Blue Line station shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday, ABC News reported.

“I looked over and saw a lady just yelling,” he told news website DNAinfo.com. “When I looked over, I actually thought it was a child who had fallen. They actually staggered three times trying to get up and get out of the way.”

Mr. Palacios jumped onto the tracks and began waving his arms frantically. The train operator was able to stop just short of the platform.

“I wasn’t even thinking about putting myself in danger because I work at TSA,” Mr. Palacios told the website. “They taught us a lot of things to do and how to act in situations, not to put ourselves in harm or put other people in harm.”

The incident was caught on video by DNAinfo reporter Jon Hansen, who was also waiting on the platform at the time.

“As long as I was feeling good that I did something, I didn’t think anybody needed to know,” Mr. Palacios said. “I didn’t do it to brag about it or anything, because there was nothing to brag. I was just worried about the person more than anyone else.

“We’re human, and we need each other,” he said. “That’s the bottom line. We really do.”

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