“Rikien Wilder’s actions to make sure this suspect couldn’t repeat the heinous crime some other place possible saved the lives of fellow New Yorkers, one thing you can not put a value on,” stated Sarah Feinberg, New York Metropolis Transit Interim President. “Together with his birthday approaching October 1, one of the simplest ways we might assume to thank Rikein for his heroism is a yr of free limitless subway and bus rides.”
Rikien Wilder was on the 14th road station in New York on Sunday morning when he noticed a person placing particles on the tracks to trigger a derailment, in keeping with a MTA press launch. Wilder jumped down onto the observe to seize the impediments simply earlier than the prepare arrived safely within the station, the discharge stated.
However as he went to inform MTA personnel, Wilder noticed the person as soon as once more placing particles on a observe and inflicting a derailment, the discharge stated. All 135 passengers on board that prepare disembarked with out accidents, however emergency crews labored by means of the night time to restore and substitute tons of of ft of injury, in keeping with the discharge.
Wilder chased the suspect down as he tried to flee the scene and held him till authorities arrived, the discharge stated.
“Whereas we do not need members of the general public putting themselves at risk by leaping onto the tracks, this courageous Good Samaritan is a hero thrice over — for eradicating particles, alerting personnel, and ensuring the alleged perpetrator couldn’t get away earlier than police arrived,” stated Patrick J. Foye, MTA Chairman and CEO. “He really exemplifies the very best of New York.”