Edwin Ortiz helped to save Alex Cumba from being struck by a train, New York, New York, September 4, 1987. Waiting for a subway train, Cumba, 23, fell from the platform onto the track and was rendered unconscious. Ortiz, 30, customer service manager, and another man jumped down to the track and, with others, unsuccessfully attempted to lift Cumba onto the platform. When a train approached, Ortiz and the other man stayed with Cumba, rolling him into a narrow space beneath the edge of the platform only seconds before the front of the train passed them. Cumba suffered cuts and bruises.
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