Grateful Queens woman asks: Who's the subway hero who saved my life?

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The downtown No. 6 subway platform from which a Queens woman fell last week. She was rescued from the tracks by an unknown man, whom she would like to thank personally. (Photo: Katya Pronin)

By Marlene Naanes

Who saved my life?

That’s what a Queens woman wants to know after an unidentified hero last Thursday jumped from a subway platform and lifted her to safety before vanishing into a crowd. Prunella Manhertz, bruised with stitches above her right eye, does not even know what her savior looks like, but she definitely wants to tell him thank you.

“I’m dying to show my gratitude,” she said in a phone interview yesterday. “I know he definitely saved my life because another train could be coming.”

Manhertz, of Jamaica, was heading to work just before 8 a.m. when she fell onto the downtown No. 6 train tracks at the 51st Street and Lexington Avenue station, transit officials said.

She does not completely remember what happened. Manhertz does recall stepping onto the last subway car, then stepping back onto the platform and possibly fainting after the train left the station.

“Everybody was shocked,” Manhertz said of bystanders she heard on the platform above her. “I heard people crying. I heard people screaming.”

But her hero kept a level head.“He was thinking so fast,” she said, adding that she does not remember him saying anything to her. “He just jumped on the track.”

The man plucked Manhertz off the tracks so quickly that service was not affected. It is unclear how close the next No. 6 train was.

“The Lexington line is really busy,” said transit spokesman James Anyansi. “I’m sure there might have been a train pretty close by.”

The Good Samaritan left Manhertz with three policemen, and then EMS arrived and took her to Bellevue Hospital. Neither the police nor fire departments know the identity of the bystanders.

After a brief stay in the hospital, Manhertz told family members she wanted to find her savior. She was in and out of consciousness during the rescue, she said, and does not remember what the man looked like.

“I really would like to say thank you,” she said.

Anyone with information about the man can e-mail mnaanes@am-ny.com

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