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Philadelphian jumps on tracks to help fallen man

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago March 30, 2013 Mar 30, 2013 Saturday, March 30 2013 March 30, 2013 9:32 AM in News
By: Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Christopher Knafelc was a recovering drug addict with a long rap sheet who often wondered if he was a good person, and perhaps never considered that anyone thought he was a hero.

But that was before he leaped onto the tracks to help a stranger he'd just seen fall off the platform at a Philadelphia train station.

He called up to people on the platforms to get the trains stopped, knowing one would be arriving soon.

Now, the 32-year-old Knafelc is being hailed as a hero and he's holding his head a little higher. He's taking the praise from his good deed as another sign that he's on the right path in life.

Still, Knafelc says he was just doing the "right thing."

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