12/11/2012 01:49 pm ET Updated Dec 12, 2012

Doreen Winkler, New York Woman, Saves Two Strangers From Oncoming Subway Train

One New York woman is being hailed as a hero after saving two men stuck on the subway tracks from an oncoming train.

According to the New York Daily News, Doreen Winkler miraculously helped pull two men out of the way of an oncoming train at the Bowling Green subway station Thursday night.

Victor Samuel, one of the men she saved, had originally jumped onto the tracks to save the life of another man who was lying immobile.

Samuel was on his way home around 10 p.m. when he noticed that several commuters were “standing very close to the edge” of the platform, he told the Daily Mail.

He looked down to see a seemingly homeless, drunk man lying “smack in the middle of the tracks.” Without hesitation he jumped down onto the tracks to save the man.

When Samuel reached the tracks, however, he instantly saw an approaching train coming down the tunnel. He knew that he didn't have very much time.

“What I didn’t anticipate was landing on my back when I jumped down,” he told the news source. Trying to get up from the slippery tracks wasted what precious time he had.

Samuel pushed the drunken man, Jack Simmons, toward the platform and tried to climb back up himself.

“I tried to make it on my own twice, and failed twice. I saw some (train) lights and now I’m getting more nervous,” he said.

That was when Winkler stepped in.

“I felt a little nudge, and that was probably Doreen,” Samuel recounted.

Winkler, who is only 5'2", grabbed both men by their arms and yanked. Two other women ran over to assist her in pulling up the men, reported the International Business Times.

"You can’t ever, ever, ever watch somebody die," Winkler said to Newser.

"I was freaking out that nobody was helping at first," she added. But two other women helped her pull up the two men just in time.

“Thank you, I thought I was going to die,” Samuel told Winkler on the platform after she pulled him and Simmons to safety.

Simmons was treated and released at New York Downtown Hospital, according to Newser.

Winkler and Samuel, meanwhile, are very humble about their lifesaving actions.

“I had to make a very split-second decision.. literally just a split-second decision to go in there,” Samuel told the Daily Mail. “I’d really rather not be in the spotlight for it.”

"This is not about attention.. it’s about what everybody should do," Winkler added. "I don’t understand how people can just stand there and watch and not help."



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