Aussies hail Swede as hero after train-track rescue
The Local · 22 Apr 2016, 10:06
Published: 22 Apr 2016 10:06 GMT+02:00
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Robin Lassinniemi, from Borås in western Sweden, was waiting for a train to Melbourne when he witnessed a man being attacked from behind and pushed onto the tracks at the suburban Yarraman station.
The victim, identified as Chris Wood, smashed his kneecap in the fall.
With just minutes to go until the train was scheduled to arrive, the brave Swede took decisive action.
“I felt panicky and was looking out for trains at the same time as I was trying to get him up because his leg was quite battered,” Lassinniemi told newspaper Borås Tidning.
The Swede said his adrenaline was pumping as he managed to drag the man to safety on the platform. The entire episode was captured by surveillance cameras at the station.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Chris Wood told Australia’s Seven News that he would like to shake the hand of the man who saved his life.
Lassinniemi said he’d be happy to oblige.
“I'll come by with a six pack one day, man,” he told Seven News.
The rescue came almost a year to the day after four Swedish police officers made international headlines when they took a break from their holiday to stop a violent fight on the New York subway.
The cops earned huge plaudits from New Yorkers for the calm way they defused a tense situation.