The Oakland Raiders won Sunday afternoon, and then fans filed out of the stadium to find their way home.
As many gathered at the Coliseum Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station, waiting for a train, one rider stumbled along the yellow line a the edge of the tracks, apparently drunk. Just as the train arrived, the man fell onto the tracks several feet below.
That’s when BART Transportation Supervisor John O’Connor, who was working at the station sprang into action.
Seeing the man out of the corner of his eye fall, O’Connor jumped to the edge of the tracks, grabbed the man by the arms and shoulders, and heaved him back onto the platform in a rolling motion just as before the train ran past.
“I didn’t think. I just reacted.”
“It feels awkward to be called a hero. Because we’re all human beings, and we all know how precious life is.”
After pulling the man back onto the platform, the crowd cheered as O’Connor and the man hugged. O’Connor told him to “pay it forward.”
It’s not clear that the man was at the game. He said he was on his way to Sacramento. Thanks to O’Connor, he might reach his destination.