Rikien Wilder won a year of free tickets on the New York subway, in the USA, after chasing and capturing a man who was supposedly responsible for derailing a train in the city, last Sunday (20).
In a statement, the company said that Rikien saw a man putting debris on the tracks in order to cause a derailment. Rikien then jumped on the tracks to remove the objects.
Then, the passenger decided to inform the security guards about what happened when he came across the suspect trying to flee the scene. This time, Rikien chased and captured the man until the police arrived. Despite the help, a train ended up hitting the columns of the station after hitting the objects thrown on the tracks. No one was injured in the incident.
Sarah Feinberg, acting president of the city’s metro transport company, said that gratuity is a way of thanking Rikien for his heroism.
“With your birthday [Rikien] arriving on October 1, the best way we could imagine to thank Rikein for his heroism is a year of unlimited, free metro travel for one year, “the president told CNN.
On social media, the company thanked the man’s heroism. “While we never want you to go to the tracks, we are grateful to Rikien Wilder for everything he did to try to remove the debris from the runways in the derailment caused by vandalism on Sunday. He helped keep customers and crew safe,” he wrote.
We love to see New Yorkers taking care of one another.While we never want you to go on the tracks, we’re grateful to Rikien Wilder for all he did to try to remove the debris from the tracks in Sunday’s vandalism-caused derailment. He helped keep the customers and crew safe. pic.twitter.com/2E5s5aEn5o
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