Subway Worker Awarded For Heroic Actions

Subway track inspector John Messina is known amongst family, friends, & workers for coming to the rescue of a person in need. Now you can add the public to the list of people in the know. The 100th Precinct Community Council recently awarded Mr. Messina for his heroic efforts in confronting two thugs who attacked a teenager on the S train in Broad Channel.

Mr. Messina was riding a northbound S from from Beach 90th St. to Broad Channel on the morning of June 27th. As he was riding the S, he noticed a young teenager pressed up against the car door screaming for help. He unlocked the car door & brought the teen to safety. The teen had a black eye & severe swelling from the beating. Mr. Messina acknowledged the state of mind of the teen by saying “He was terrified and told me that the punks just took his cell phone.”

This prompted him to confront the thugs & retrieve the teen’s cell phone. He approached the thugs & said “You’re a real tough guy picking on a 15-year-old. Why don’t you pick on me?” He successfully retrieved the teen’s cell phone. When the train arrived at Broad Channel, Mr. Messina called the cops. He led them to the two thugs who were responsible for the crime. One of the thugs in question was found cowering underneath a staircase.

Mr. Messina had this to say about the incident & his mindset:

“I can’t stand watching people ride the train in fear. I’m not going to stand by and let some kid get taken advantage of.”

This is not the first time Mr. Messina has come to rescue. Some of his co-workers citied stories where he returned a stolen purse to a woman, & a Walkman to another student. His wife Donna knows all too well about his actions as she shared this comment: “The kids love him but they think he’s a little crazy. He always gets involved and butts his nose into stuff, but with good intentions.”

I would like to salute Mr. John Messina for proving that not all MTA employees are assholes & unhelpful. He also proved that no matter how much this city changes, it will always have some good guys ready to save the day if need be!

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Not To Be Outdone…..

As I wrote about here, we had one idiot lose their life due to their own stupidity. However not to be outdone, we have yet another idiot who has died at the hands of a rail or subway car. This time our idiot was a 23 year old man who was surfing an uptown C train Monday night.

The idiot in question decided to grab the frame of an uptown C train at the 145th St. station. He was hit by a tunnel catwalk handle as the train entered the tunnel between the 145th St. & 155th St. train stations. The force of the blow threw him into a metal railing & concrete. Overall he suffered bruising on his body to go along with severe head trauma. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

This man deserved to die. He clearly had no care for himself, his friends, his family, & other passengers when he decided to latch on to that C train. Why should anyway mourn this loss? I know I won’t! Such a point of view might be considered mean spirited. However can you blame me or anyone for feeling this way? Common sense should tell us that surfing is meant for the beach, not the subway!  Sorry if I choose to have common sense & not participate in an activity that I have a strong chance of dying from!

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I would like to apologize for the downtime this site experienced a few days ago. My web host had a billing snafu with their software & my account. Due to this snafu, my account was incorrectly shut off. The issue has been corrected so I can now catch up on transit related news from the last few days.

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Question Of The Week 10/15/07 – 10/21/07

I have finished updating Eye On Transit today. The update includes the results of last week’s dual “Question Of The Week”, updated poll archive page, & this week’s question(s). Like last week, I have decided to have 2 questions serve as this week’s “Question Of The Week”. This week’s questions focus on cell phone use in the NYC subway. As always the polls are open until 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday so get your votes in now by clicking here!

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Idiot Dies While Trying To Entertain His Family

While I was on the 1010 Wins, I came across an article about an idiot who died at the Metro North’s Riverside station in Connecticut. While some might find it offensive, I am calling the man an idiot because that is what he clearly was. The man who has yet to be named while relatives are informed about his death, died yesterday afternoon.

The man was trying to entertain his family while waiting for a train at the station. His idea of entertainment involved placing a penny on the track to show his wife & 3 daughters how it would be flattened by a train. According to the MTA Sgt. John Rizzitelli, the man jumped onto the tracks to place the penny down. As his family tried to help him back up, a Stamford to Grand Central bound express train struck him. The train was reported to be traveling 75 mph. The man died instantly after being hit.

I hate to say it but this is not a tragedy. The word tragedy should not involve deaths that occurred due to blatant stupidity. I would expect this sort of idiocy from a kid or a teenager. However I am baffled that an adult with a wife & kids would be so stupid! How could you be so foolish & engage in an experiment like this? What makes it worse is that you engaged in this experiment in front of your kids! We all know how kids tend to follow their parents lead yet he still went through with it anyway!

So now his wife is now a widow & his 3 daughters no longer have a father & for what, a stupid experiment meant to serve as entertainment? People like him should have never been allowed to reproduce! I feel sorry that those kids will be scarred for life due to their father being a thoughtless bastard!

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