Subway Conductor Saves 12-Year-Old Boy With Autism Who Wandered Onto New York Train Tracks

Hopeton Kiffin

A New York subway operator is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a 12-year-old boy who wandered onto train tracks in a Brooklyn station Thursday morning.

Hopeton Kiffin was moving a Manhattan-bound 5 train through Hoyt Street Station around 9:15 a.m. when he spotted something out of the ordinary: a young boy in a red shirt on the tracks ahead of him, according to AM New York. Kiffin, 51, slowed down the train and sprang into action.

“Just doing my duty, you know?” Kiffin told AM New York. “I’m a father; I’m an uncle; I’m a son. I just wanted to go down there and try to protect him and make sure nothing happened to him.”

Just moments earlier, a rider used the Help Point system to notify the rail control center, according to AM New York. But, by then, Kiffin was already on the move.

The boy — who has autism, according to the transit workers union, TWU Local 100 — managed to make his way over the charged rail and wedge himself between the columns, according to the New York Times.