It’s human nature to think of ourselves as having at least a little of the heroic in us, but so rarely do we get the chance to test our nerves in a real-life dangerous situation, it’s pretty impossible to say for sure what we’d do. Well, at least Wesley Autrey knows he would come through with flying colors — and now he has the lifetime subscription to Playboy to prove it.
Where I hailed him: Gramercy
Where he hails from: Pakistan
Years as a cabbie: 3
Previous profession: Textile exporter
That is a very good question. I have been thinking about that. Would I have the courage to do what that man did? And after thinking about it, if I am honest with myself, I have to say no, I wouldn’t. I don’t think I would be able to jump down onto the tracks with the train coming like that. I’m afraid I don’t have that kind of courage within me. It was an amazing thing he did.
Where I hailed him: LES
Where he hails from: Ghana
Years as a cabbie: 7
Previous profession: Waiter
You want to think that you would do the same thing. Who knows, though? I don’t think you can say until you find yourself in that sort of situation. Yeah — I’d do it [laughs].
Where I hailed him: Williamsburg
Where he hails from: Haiti
Years as a cabbie: “Longer than you’ve been alive”
Previous profession: Mechanic
Yes. I would do it. The guy, he had diabetes and he got sick because his blood sugar got too low so he fainted and fell down into the tracks. I would have gone after him, too. No, I wouldn’t have been scared. I would have done it differently, though. I wouldn’t have jumped on top of him. I would have slung him over my back and carried him out of the way.
Where I hailed him: Midtown East
Where he hails from: Colombia
Years as a cabbie: 4
Previous profession: Factory worker
The man is really a saint. Would you do something like that? I know I certainly wouldn’t. The subway kind of scares me. I even get paranoid about just standing near the tracks. And this guy jumps down on his own, right into the middle of the tracks… with a train coming right at him? Unbelievable. Maybe I could help someone in another way. I try to help people in my job. Well, the good people anyway! If someone’s really late, I try my best to get them there on time. The other night I drove a girl all over town, because she was so drunk she didn’t know where she lived. I finally asked for her driver’s license and figured out where we were going. Then I made sure the doorman took care of her. That was a little risky, you know? A cab driver basically carrying a young woman up to her building… I couldn’t jump in front of a train though. Now that guy is brave!
Where I hailed him: West Village
Where hails from: Bangladesh
Years as a cabbie: 2
Previous profession: Student
Who is this? The subway? I do not like the subway. No.
Where I hailed him: Murray Hil
Where hails from: Ukraine
Years as a cabbie: 6
Previous profession: Driver
The subway man could have a free ride in this cab at any time. It would be my honor! The world is not so nice sometimes. People get unlucky, but sometimes they get lucky. The man that fell into the tracks was very lucky that someone so courageous would save him. Yes, a hero rides for free with me.