3 Men Hailed Heroes After Saving Injured Blind Man Who Fell on Subway Tracks


It was June 28 when 24-year-old landscaper Kyle Busquine heard a cry he won’t soon forget. Busquine was inside a Toronto subway station when he heard the voice, repeatedly yelling for help.

The need was urgent. “It was very guttural and filled with fear,” Busquine said of the man’s repeated call for help.

Peering down onto the tracks, Busquine was shocked to see an injured man, struggling to walk on the train tracks. Busquine noticed the man’s walking cane and realized the man was not only injured — he was also blind.

Busquine exploded into action, jumping down onto the tracks to help.

The blind man had suffered a leg injury, and Busquine worried he might make the injury worse by trying to lift the man off the tracks all by himself.

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It was only a matter of time before the next train would come roaring through. Two other men, strangers to Busquine, also jumped down onto the tracks to hoist the man up as a team.

Eyewitness Julie Caniglia recalled the shock and fear racing through her mind during the rescue. “We were all just in shock looking at him, hoping and praying a train wouldn’t come,” Caniglia said.

Caniglia photographed the rescue and shared the story on social media. She told CBC News that the rescue probably happened within a minute, but it felt like hours.

“Knowing that the worst thing possible could happen and it was out of everyone’s control was really just the most frightening thing I’ve ever seen,” Caniglia said.

Paramedics arrived and whisked the man away to a hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.

The Toronto Transit Commission told CBC News the man had been waiting for his train when he accidentally walked off the platform and fell onto the tracks.

Caniglia says the three men deserve to be recognized as heroes. “If they hadn’t reacted so quickly, the outcome would have been horrific,” she wrote on social media.

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Busquine said he’s no hero, he’s just simply thankful that others came to help, too.

“There’s no way I would’ve been able to do it by myself, especially without hurting the man any further,” Busquine said.

“Sometimes you just are where you need to be,” Busquine said. “I truly think that everything happened for a reason for sure and I’m just happy everything played out how it did.”

“It was the right thing to do, the human thing to do, to help someone else in need,” he said.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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