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Fast-Acting Train Operator Saves Life

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
July 2021
Fast-Acting Train Operator Saves Life

It was yet another case of anti-Asian violence: a 35-year-old Asian-American man was pushed onto the subway tracks on May 24 while waiting for a train in Long Island City, New York. Thankfully, the train operator, a 29-year-old Indian American named Tobin Madathil, spotted something on the tracks and applied the brakes just in time to prevent a tragedy. The victim suffered a cut to his forehead, but was fortunate that Madathil had acted quickly.

A few days later, State Senator John Lui honored Madathil with a state Heroism Award.

“I couldn’t have done this without God’s grace,” Madathil told the Queens Chronicle. “Through this experience I found that a life could be cut too short. We need to appreciate every second of the day because you never know what will be the last.”

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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