Said Kanoun, 25, was on his way to class at Long Island University when he saw a woman faint and fall on the R Train platform at the Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center stop.
The young man arrived from Algeria just three months ago and was headed to his English class.
“She started to get dizzy right near the yellow line,” said Kanoun to the New York Daily News. “I was scared – not for me but for her. I just had it in my head that I had to help her.”
At first, he started yelling to her to give him her hand. When he realized that she was unresponsive, he watsed no time jumping onto the tracks and signaled for help from others to pull her up to safety.
The woman was bleeding from her head and still unresponsive when Kanoun was finally able to lift her from the tracks.
MTA operators halted the oncoming train before it pulled into the station to ensure the safety of both Kanoun and the woman.
She was taken to a nearby hospital and her identity remains to be known. Kanoun recalls that she was young, Asian and had a big pair of headphones on.
“In my head I knew the train was coming.” said Kanoun. “I didn’t care about the train. I didn’t hesitate. I just jumped in.”