Philadelphian jumps on tracks to help fallen man

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Associated Press

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 11:33 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A recovering drug addict with a long rap sheet who's being hailed as a hero for jumping onto subway tracks in Philadelphia to rescue a man says he doesn't see himself as heroic.

Thirty-two-year-old Christopher Knafelc (kuh-NAY-ful) told The Associated Press on Friday that he just sees it as doing the right thing.

Knafelc had just sat down to wait for a train at a north Philadelphia station Thursday afternoon when he saw a man fall off the platform and onto the tracks. He jumped down to help the man, knowing that another train would be arriving in a few minutes.

Knafelc says he's struggled with drug addiction since his teens but is getting his life back on track, thanks in part to the birth of his daughter in 2010.

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