On Halloween, I received a phone call from a woman who lives in the 600 block of Mulford Street near the CTA and Metra train overpass. She had looked out her window earlier in the day and seen a young man up on the tracks. At first, she thought it was just another kid playing up there, which kids often did, but as she watched him, she realized this was not a playful situation. The young man appeared to be waiting for a train to hit him.
The woman called 911, then yelled out her window to passers-by about the man on the tracks. The passers-by climbed up onto the tracks and talked the young man down. By this time, the woman was outside and joined the young man and the people that had stopped him from ending his life. He told them why he was so despondent as they waited for emergency staff to arrive.
When emergency staff arrived and prepared to take the young man to a hospital, the woman said that she and/or one of the passers-by wanted to ride with him to the hospital, but emergency staff said they could not. The woman also said that when they asked to which hospital they were taking this young man, a member of the emergency staff told them it was none of their business. This response was rude and insensitive to say the least, but if nothing else, the young man could hear that these people who had saved his life continued to care for his well-being.
The heroine who called out to the passers-by will remain unnamed. The heroes and heroines who went up on the tracks to keep this young man from ending his life did not give their names. Hopefully, all of them will know that their heroism is precious and greatly honored.