The good deed and good thought never fade away and the awards are given in various ways. One of the good samaritans helped a cop to nab a suspect who tried to derail NYC trains and got a year of free railway rides as an award.
Rikien Wilder, 44, was at the 14th Street subway station when he noticed an unidentified man putting debris on the tracks, and as soon as he realized that it was fishy (the man was preparing for derailment), Wilder himself went down to the tracks and removed the debris by himself. Fortunately, the train passed without any disturbance and Wilder was also safe and sound.
Wilder then approached the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and informed them about the same incident. However, he found the man with the ill tactics again as he was trying to put more debris on different tracks. Wilder chased him down until the police came and caught him red-handed.
“My adrenaline kicked in and I was like, I have to do something about it. Because normally, when something happens in New York, you watch the news and the guy gets away, you have some dark snapshot from a camera and you never catch the guy. So I made it my point that if I were to come across something or someone, I’m going to do something,” Wilder reiterated.
MTA Chairman also appreciated the brave act of Wilder and said, “New Yorkers are known for putting others ahead of themselves, and that’s exactly what Rikien Wilder did. While we don’t want members of the public placing themselves in danger by jumping onto the tracks, this brave Good Samaritan is a hero three times over – for removing debris, alerting personnel, and making sure the alleged perpetrator could not get away before police arrived. He truly exemplifies the best of New York.”