Running to the rescue  – NY Daily News

Posted: September 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

Two-time hero Aikido Sticatto is a subway motorman with quick reflexes and a knack for saving lives.

When his dispatcher suffered a heart attack two years ago, he ran 6 blocks in the dark on underground tracks to summon help.

When he spotted a man about to jump off the Williamsburg Bridge in 2008, he stopped the train, dashed down elevated tracks and helped subdue the man.

Because of his actions, Sticatto is in the running for a Hometown Heroes in Transit Award.

The Daily News, joined by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Transport Workers Union Local 100, will honor a select group of bus and subway workers for extraordinary deeds. The winners will be announced in November.

Sticatto had reached the end of his route on the C train when a chilling message came over his radio on Aug. 30, 2010. The assistant dispatcher was pleading for help, saying the dispatcher was having a heart attack.

He knew it would take EMS workers time to reach the dispatcher’s underground office.

“With a heart attack you only have a few minutes,” Sticatto, 37, said. “I secured my train and started running.

“It’s underground and all you have is a flashlight. I was running as fast as I could.”

Before getting a job with the MTA in 2007, Sticatto sold medical supplies to hospitals. Not only did he know New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center was right outside the station, he knew where to find the cardiac unit.

“It’s the first building to the left,” he said. “I knew exactly where it was.”

He burst inside, and two doctors followed him back to the dispatcher’s office inside the 168th St. station.

The doctors managed to stabilize the unconscious victim before EMS workers strapped him to a gurney and rushed him to the hospital for emergency surgery.

Sticatto finished out his shift.

Today, the 62-year-old dispatcher, who didn’t want his name published, is retired and living in North Carolina with his wife.

“I’m ever grateful to him,” the dispatcher told The News. “It was a matter of life and death.”

“If more time had lapsed I might not be speaking to you today,” he added. “He very truly deserves to be commended.”

Sticatto was a new student train operator when he helped with his first rescue.

He was pulling his J train out of the Marcy St. station in Brooklyn on Jan. 18, 2008, when he spotted a man on the tracks. He hit the brakes and jumped out of the train to follow the man down the tracks onto the bridge.

Sticatto, joined by several track workers, kept the man talking until the would-be jumper shook the hand of track inspector Thomas Bodai.

Bodai, another Hometown Hero nominee, yanked the man to safety, and Sticatto helped hold him down until cops arrived.

via Running to the rescue  – NY Daily News.


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