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Hero Commuter rescues man from Chicago Metro’s third rail in harrowing video

Shocking video captured the moment a Chicago passenger jumped to save an unconscious man who was seen jerking after falling on an electrified third rail during a fight.

Anthony Perry, 20, was getting off a Chicago Transit Authority Red Line train on Sunday afternoon when he saw two men getting into a fight, a local CBS affiliate reported.

“I immediately saw that there was a fight as both men lifted their dukes up – they were putting their stuff down,” Perry told the outlet.

According to the police, one of the fighters was waiting for the train when the other spat on his face and punched him. Both men fell on the tracks, where they continued their slugfest.

Chicago Train Fight
The youth was let off on the tracks after assaulting another man who had fled the spot.
Facebook / Tawi Ghee

But when the suspected instigator climbed onto the third rail, he suffered a 600-volt shock, went into convulsions and people whipped their cell phones to capture the mayhem, CBS2 reported.

“The man had no control over his body,” said Perry, who selflessly jumped down to save the man’s life.

“I heard someone say, ‘Don’t touch her’ as soon as I got on the track!” he said.

“I could keep walking, but I was like, you know what? I won’t keep walking because God doesn’t want me to do that so I acted immediately,” Perry told the station.

Chicago Train Hero Anthony Perry
Anthony Perry saw the man jerking on the tracks and decided to help him.
Facebook / Tawi Ghee

He said that as soon as he caught the man, he was shocked.

“It was strong—like it went through my whole body. I remember after that, my whole body was still trembling,” Perry said.

With the help of another commuter, Veer Achhe Samaritan began giving CPR to the man who eventually regained consciousness.

Chicago Train Hero Anthony Perry
Perry felt an electric shock go through her body when she first approached the man.
Facebook / Tawi Ghee

The dramatic scene was captured by Tavi Ghee, who described it as “definitely surreal”. It was an out-of-body experience,” reported ABC 7.

When asked by CBS what he thought about risking his life, Perry said, “I was kind of like, Jeopardy, I did that? That was me? I was shocked that I I’ll take myself to that level – but I’m not surprised, because I always help people. That’s my instinct.”

He said: “I was thinking, if I was in that situation, how would I want people to treat me? I’m just glad that man was alive, more than anything. To be honest, I I didn’t see myself as a hero.

Anthony Perry Chicago Train Hero
Perry eventually took the man to the other side of the tracks.
Facebook / Tawi Ghee

But on Wednesday, he was rewarded for his act with a car—a 2008 Audi A6 given to him by Windy City businessman Early Walker, who had previously joked a bit.

The philanthropist handed Perry—whose own car had recently been broadcast—a gift card for gas.

Walker then rolled out the luxury sedan, which would allow Perry to commute 90 minutes to work. Along with them were the police and members of the community.

Anthony Perry Reacts After Being Gifted A Car
Anthony Perry was gifted a 2008 Audi A6 by businessman Early Walker for his bravery.
Associated Press. via Pat Nabong/Chicago Sun-Times

“We just wanted to honor you,” Walker told the young man, ABC 7 reported. “We really wanted to show our appreciation because we need more people like you. We need more Anthony in the world.

According to Fox32, “Anthony thought of the victim and not necessarily himself in this quick decision to save the victim’s life.”

“Then he gave meticulous instructions to perform CPR and save the life of a man who had fallen hopelessly onto a live track,” said Walker, who founded the organization “I’m Telling, Don’t Shoot.”

Anthony Perry Car
Perry’s new wheels will allow him to travel 90 minutes to and from work.
Associated Press. via Pat Nabong/Chicago Sun-Times

The second youth involved in the assault fled from the spot.

“Our detectives are working on the case, working to identify and get those pictures out there and see if anyone can really know who that person is,” said the police commander. Roderick Watson, ABC 7 reported.

Officials said Perry, who was rescued at the University of Chicago Medical Center, remains in critical condition.

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