Simply hours earlier than he was promoted to detective, a younger cop dragged a suicidal man to security after recognizing him sitting on an Higher East Aspect subway platform together with his legs dangling over the tracks Friday morning.
Walter Warkenthien, 28, was in his civilian garments however carrying his model new police hat on his means from his dwelling in Suffolk County to the 23rd Precinct Detective Squad when he noticed the sufferer on the 86th St. station Friday.
Warkenthien was switching from the No. four to the No. 6 practice about 7:45 a.m. when he discovered the anguished sufferer sitting on the platform together with his legs over the sting.
“I’m happening the tracks,” the person informed Warkenthien. “I want my medicine. I wanna damage myself.”
“I didn’t have an excessive amount of time to suppose,” Warkenthien informed the Every day Information. “I knew a practice was coming and I simply grabbed onto his backpack, simply after placing my hat onto my head, and I dragged him all the way in which backwards to the emergency gate.”
The soon-to-be detective pulled the distraught man for about 100 ft by the emergency gate.
“I didn’t need to cease till I used to be away from the tracks,” he mentioned. “I used to be afraid of falling on the tracks myself.”
The person started struggling violently, making an attempt to interrupt free. A building employee and a medical orderly stepped in to assist him maintain the person down.
“The assistance from these gents was large,’ Warkenthien mentioned. “As soon as we had him restrained, I used to be capable of name 911.”
The five-year veteran was made a detective in a ceremony at Police Headquarters hours after the rescue. He might be assigned to the 23rd Precinct.
“I’m simply glad he didn’t go down on the tracks,” he mentioned of the rescue, downplaying his heroism.
His dad, although, had no drawback lauding his fast actions. “I’m very happy with him and the entire household is,” mentioned his father, additionally named Walter, 49.
“My first response when he referred to as was ‘Oh my God, you’re purported to get promoted at this time.’ He goes ‘Dad his legs have been hanging over the facet of the factor. The practice was going to hit him.’ I mentioned, ‘In fact, in fact.’”
The elder Warkenthien retired in 2008 as a detective after a 13-year NYPD profession.
“It was a feel-good day throughout,” the daddy mentioned.