“I Couldn’t Sleep For Many Days”: Bronx Man Who Jumped Onto Subway Tracks To Save 5-Year-Old Girl Is Still Haunted
A heroic man shared his thoughts in the aftermath of a horrific event that ended with one silver lining.
Joe Torres, 36, saved the life of a five-year-old girl on a New York City subway line after she was pulled down onto the subway tracks in a succesful suicide attempt by her father. The incident occurred in the Bronx on September 23 at the Kingsbridge Road station ahead of an incoming 4 train.
Experiencing such a life altering event has definitely wrecked havoc on Torres’ mental health.
“The first week, you think too much about this. I couldn’t sleep for many days,” Torres, a construction worker, told the New York Daily News on Wednesday. “By the end of the week, the second week, I started feeling a little better.”
“When I take the train, everything came back in my mind,” he continued.
On that fateful day around 8 a.m. a 45-year-old passenger named Fernando Balbuena made the plunge onto the subway tracks while holding the hand of his child.
While many of the passengers stood stunned, Torres said he was moved to action when he saw another man jump down on the tracks to see if there was hope for the girl. Miraculously, she was alive and was able to crawl out from the under the train. Cell phone footage and video shows the shocking rescue, a day that changed Torres’ life forever.
“She says ‘What happened to my daddy?’ I said ‘Don’t look at your daddy. Come to me. Crawl like a puppy,’” Torres said in a previous interview with CBS New York.
The two were recently reunited on Wednesday at the NYPD’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration at police headquarters where he was honored by the Hispanic Society and the NYPD New York Dominican Officers Organization.
“I feel happy, first of all and surprised too. I never expected all of this attention for me,” said Torres.
“She hugged me like she’s my family now,” he said after the two exchanged an embrace. “She knows my name.”