Posted September. 20, 2005 06:42,
Lee Chang-hoon (18) saved the life of a man in his late 50s who was lying on the train rails at Siheung subway station in Geumcheon-gu, Seoul on September 12 at around 6:00 p.m.
When I saw the man lying on the rail, I just jumped down to him, Lee said.
Lee, a senior at Sungbo High School in Sillim-dong, Seoul, went to Siheung station on his way home, as usual.
He saw people gathered around the platform, saying, Someone missed his footing and fell.
Lee said, I saw the light of the train coming towards the station and a man lying on the rail. He seemed unconscious and wasnt moving. I thought he needed help, so I just jumped down.
Lee tried to move the man to another rail nearby, but the man was too heavy for him. Just before the train honked into the station, a public service worker and a citizen who was watching helped Lee move the man to a safe rail.
Relieved, Lee quietly left the scene.
Later, a citizen who remembered Lee from his school uniform and nametag contacted Lees school and his deed became known. The school will give Lee an award.
Lee said, I thought there was nothing more that I could do, so I just went home. Im just happy that, for the first time, I put into practice what my mother always says: always help others in need.