Thursday, November 16, 2017

Stranger Saves Blind Man From Walking in Front of Train

Rarely is RTD’s Peoria Station in Aurora populated with stragglers.

It’s busy, full of shuffling feet transferring light rail lines to and from work.

On Monday, there was an exception as at least one man wasn’t coming or going. He was staying, asking people one simple question.

“Have you seen the young man who saved my life last Thursday?” Mike Wyatt of Aurora asked.

Wyatt is in his 60s. He’s blind, but has the spirit and heart of a man who has seen all the good in the world. “I am so stoked right now thinking that guy is going to come down that ramp [from the platform],” he said with an anticipatory look on his face.

Wyatt doesn’t know the man he is looking for. He doesn’t know his name, his height, or when he usually takes the train. All Wyatt knows is the man pulled him off the RTD tracks when a train was approaching on Thursday, Nov. 9, just in time to move him out of the way.

“You live and you die,” Wyatt said. “It's what you do in between, and this young man did a great thing for me and that's what I want to say to him ‘thank you.’”

RTD security footage shows Mike approaching the R Line tracks with the cane he uses to guide him. Just as he reaches the tracks, a man runs up behind him, grabbing his arms and moving him safely to the sidewalk. About 5 seconds pass before the R Line train comes through.

“Wow,” Wyatt said holding back tears. “It really feels like someone is watching over me. That’s good. That’s really good.” Wyatt says he plans to come to Peoria Station one more time in hopes of finding the man who helped him.

“I will be always remembering this man and his kindness,” he said.

Wyatt says the man has afforded him a chance to watch his seven grandchildren grow up.

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