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Good Samaritan' climbs beams over NYC subway platform to comfort suicidal woman

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A man recently climbed on top of beams over a New York City subway platform to help a woman who was threatening to jump off of them. (Image source: WCBS-TV)

A man recently climbed on top of beams over a New York City subway platform to help a woman who was threatening to jump off them, according to WCBS-TV.

Michal Klein told WCBS that she was walking up the stairs of the Broadway/Lafayette subway station on Saturday when she saw two people sitting in a dangerous place above the trains. According to WCBS the beams are about 20 feet high and five feet apart.

“I couldn’t really tell if they were laughing or if one person was crying,” she said. “I thought it was friends. I wasn’t sure. My first thought was: How did they get up there? I thought they were just goofing off.”

Klein said she asked another passenger what was going on and the woman said “the girl had climbed over the railing, and went across the beam, and she said suicidal things.” A stranger then followed her up. He put his arm around her and appeared to comfort her. Police soon arrived at the scene, and the woman was taken to a hospital in an ambulance.

Klein said, “I don’t know what I would’ve done. I don’t think I would’ve climbed over to do that.”

“He actually cared enough, whoever he was, to help her,” she added. “A lot of people seemed to be like, ‘Oh, it’s New York,’ and kept walking.”

Other subway riders praised the man’s actions, while some urged people to call police if they witness such a scene.

“The fact that people take the time to connect with others, it means a lot. It’s sweet,” one woman told WCBS.

WCBS called the man a “Good Samaritan,” but noted that New York City Police said that when people encounter a suicidal person, they should call 911 “instead of taking matters into their own hands.”

(H/T Faithwire News)

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