05/21/2012 02:45 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Greg Wetzel, New York Man, Rescues Unconscious Woman From Subway Tracks

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A New York dad has been called a hero after he saved a woman's life in a daring subway rescue, the New York Daily News reports.

Greg Wetzel, 40, jumped onto the subway tracks at the 72nd street station in New York City over the weekend after he spotted an unconscious woman lying on the tracks.

"The decision was going to be either stay there and watch this happen, or do something about it," Wetzel, who was with his three young children at the time of the incident, told CBS News.

Just 60 seconds before an uptown No. 1 train roared into the station, Wetzel managed to hoist the woman onto the platform. Other passengers then helped pull her to safety.

"He didn’t hesitate," said witness Trish O’Sullivan. "The guy was really amazing. This guy was like a real hero."

Wetzel insists he was just doing the right thing. "If you see someone on the tracks, it’s hard not to do something," he said.

The 50-year-old woman, whose identity is unknown, was taken to the hospital, ABC News reports.

Wetzel admitted that it was "ironic" that he jumped onto the subway tracks in front of two sons, ages 6 and 7, and his 4-year-old daughter after repeatedly warning them about subway hazards. However, he told the Daily News that he hopes the ordeal has reinforced his message about the importance of subway safety.

"The lesson, I guess, is they saw first-hand what happened," Wetzel said. "That should give them a healthy fear of the platform."