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December 09, 2010

A New York grocery clerk is being hailed as a hero after risking his life to save man who fell onto train tracks. The rescue not only saved a man’s life, but also saved the hero from missing a time-and-a-half day, the clerk told reporters.

Carlos Flores, a local grocery clerk, was waiting for a train to go to work when he saw a man on the tracks. The man was not responding to bystanders warning him to “Get up … The train is coming.” With the next train scheduled to arrive in 3 minutes, Flores jumped down onto the tracks to aid the unresponsive man.

Flores successfully rescued the man in distress, who reportedly had suffered a seizure, but not as quickly as he had planned. Flores said he could see the lights of the train and hear the squealing breaks before he managed to get back onto the platform, and out of harms way.

When asked why he risked his life to save the stranger, Flores told the Daily News it was a mix of compassion and wanting to get to work on time. “I was thinking, if he gets hit I can’t go to work. It’s Sunday. I can’t miss out. It’s a time-and-a half day.”

“I jumped in front of a train to save a man” is not your typical excuse for running late to work, but in this case, was an honest excuse. What's the strangest excuse you have heard for missing work?


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