January 2, 2007

"We're O.K. down here, but I've got two daughters up there. Let them know their father's O.K."

Wesley Autrey, hero.

18 comments:

downtownlad said...

That's liberal New York values for ya . . .

amba said...

"cries of wonder, and applause."

as Glenn would say: Indeed.

Daryl Herbert said...

What if a Klansman fell in front of the train?

What would you do then? Hypocrite!

We're still waiting for an answer!

Pogo said...

"Let them know their father's O.K.""

Twice a hero. First to the man he saved, then to his young daughters. Just seconds after the danger passes, he thinks immediately of them, alone and scared, and offers comfort there, too.

A true gentleman.

Dave said...

I thought black men were irresponsible fathers. Clearly the New York Times manipulated the accompanying photograph to pander to politically correct readers, no?

Anonymous said...

Read the article twice, apparently missing the "Wesley Autrey, a New York liberal..." part both times.

R2K said...

This blog is so much better than the others.

MadisonMan said...

Amazing. I wonder if I would make the same choice.

Abraham said...

That's liberal New York values for ya . . .

Kitty Genovese and Sandra Zahler were not available for comment.

NSC said...

Hmm, the article didn't say whether he was a liberal or not, although I can see why liberals would try to claim him - they have so few real heros these days.

I will just echo Pogo's remark - he is a true gentleman.

Joe Baby said...

Saw him on TV. Said it was his military training that helped him keep his cool.

Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

According to the Daniel Dennetts of the world, however, his action was not a free choice, and therefore deserves no credit.

Sanjay said...

What a sweet guy. Thanks for putting up this link.

John Kindley said...

If I owned (or worked at) a lunch counter, I'd be honored to pour that man a cup of coffee and serve him lunch. It'd be on the house, for the rest of his life. Somebody should give him a million dollars. That's something his daughters will remember for the rest of their lives. Something that he himself resists being proud of, but that they can take to heart.

John Kindley said...

Wait a second, hold the train. Is that a Playboy bunny on his knit cap smeared with train grease?!?!

Anonymous said...

There was a similar incident many years ago. I read it in, I think, Reader's Digest. A small child had fallen onto the tracks and nobody was doing anything, with a train bearing down. Two guys finally jumped down, one grabbed the kid and tossed him up to the other guy (who had realized he could reach the kid in time, so he jumped back up on the platform). The guy still on the tracks thought he was a goner, but he jumped up and people grabbed him and helped pull him back up. Later, he found a chunk taken out of his shoe where the train had hit it.

I found this, too.

Gahrie said...

He's black right? Doesn't that automatically make him a liberal?

The Drill SGT said...

A Brave Man and a Classy Guy