The blind man who fell onto subway tracks right as a train approached on Tuesday says he's thankful to everyone who helped save him. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Cecil Williams on Wednesday thanked his dog and everyone else involved for helping to save his life after he fell onto the subway tracks at a Manhattan station Tuesday.
"Angels, miracles, I believe in 'em. That's what saved me," Williams said.
Williams only suffered cuts and bruises after at least one subway car ran over him and his guide dog, Orlando.
"I lost consciousness, and he was trying to pull me back, but when you have a dog on a harness, I guess I fell over and he fell over with me," Williams said. "And when we fell over, he stayed down there with me. He was licking my face."
The black lab retriever remembered his training and pulled his blind master between the rails as the A train approached. People waiting at the 125th Street platform threw things on the track and yelled at the subway conductor to stop.
"The spirit of giving, Christmas and all of that there, it exists here, and it's in New York," Williams said.
New York City police officer Anthony Duncan joined a transit worker pulling Williams out from under the train.
"Ran over by two train cars and you're still alive, for the dog, no bruises, wasn't bleeding, I couldn't believe it," Duncan said.
Duncan said he didn't think of his own life until he saw the electrified third rail.
Williams said he didn't fully realize what happened until he was already in the hospital.
"Things like this here don't happen for everybody," he said. "They should happen. We should care about one another, but it's not always that way, so when they told me, I was in awe and I was shocked. I'm thinking about God and a few other things. Why did he save me? Why did he keep me? I don't know, but I do believe it's for a reason."
He said he may figure out the reason one day, but as a result of all this, donations will allow Williams to keep Orlando as a pet when he retires soon.
Orlando is 77 in dog years and is due to retire soon. Williams is awaiting his replacement, which he'll need because he plans to continue riding the subway.